It happened one 01 February

1709 : Alexander Selkirk rescued

On February 1st, 1709, after four years spent alone on the island of Juan Fernandez off the coast of Chile, Alexander Selkirk was rescued by a privateering ship piloted by the buccaneer William Dampier. Alexander Selkirk inspired Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe.

1793 : France declared war on England and Holland

On 1 February 1793, revolutionary France declared war on Great Britain and Holland. After some setbacks, the Army of the Republic, strengthened and reorganized, turned back the invaders.

1814 : Eruption of the Mayon Volcano

On 1 February 1814, in the province of Albay in the Philippines, an eruption of the Mayon volcano occured, killing 2200 people. The Mayon Volcano is a stratovolcano, cone shaped and almost perfectly symmetrical.

1896 : Première of La Bohème

On February 1st, 1896, the première of Puccini's opera La Bohème was held in Turin, conducted by Arturo Toscanini.

1978 : Roman Polanski fled the United States

On February 1, 1978, Roman Polanski skipped bail and fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

2003 : Explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia

On 1 February 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was disintegrated during its reentry in the Earth's atmosphere, killing its seven crew members. The thermal protection system of the shuttle was damaged by a piece of insulating foam dislodged during takeoff.

Latest news : 01 February

National Freedom Day
On February 1st, we commemorate the signing by Abraham Lincoln of the resolution of the U.S. Congress abolishing slavery in 1865.
Abolition of slavery on Mauritius
On February 1st, we commemorate the abolition of slavery on Mauritius by the British government in 1835.

Quote of the day : 01 February

Daniel Defoe
Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Birthdays : 01 February

William Davenport, American magician (1841)
Victor Herbert, Irish composer (1859)
Louis Stephen St. Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada (1882)
John Ford, Director (1894)
Denise Robins, British romance novelist (1897)
Clark Gable, American actor (1901)
Langston Hughes, American writer (1902)
Emilio Gino Segrè, Physicist, Nobel laureate (1905)
Muriel Spark, Scottish writer (1918)
Stuart Whitman, American actor (1928)
Shahabuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh (1930)
Iajuddin Ahmed, President of Bangladesh (1931)
Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Federation (1931)
Don Everly, American musician (Everly Brothers) (1937)
Claude François, French singer (1939)
Joe Sample, American jazz pianist (1939)
Mike Brant, Israeli singer (1947)
Jackie Shroff, Indian actor (1958)
Daniel Tani, American astronaut (1961)
Sherilyn Fenn, American actress (1965)
Brandon Lee, American actor (1965)
Stéphanie Grimaldi, Princess of Monaco (1965)
Meg Cabot, American writer (1967)
Lisa Marie Presley, Singer and actress (1968)
Brian Krause, American actor (1969)
Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine footballer (1969)
Michael C. Hall, American actor (1971)
Jill Kelly, American porn actress (1971)
Katerina Thanou, Greek sprinter (1975)
Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian footballer (1979)
Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (1980)
Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian cyclist (1983)

They left us one 01 February

Mary Shelley, English Writer (1851)
George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist (1903)
Philip Francis Nowlan, Science fiction writer (1940)
Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1958)
Buster Keaton, American actor (1966)
George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1976)
Werner Heisenberg, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1976)
Alva Myrdal, Swedish politician and diplomat, Nobel Prize Laureate (1986)
Willie McCool, American astronaut (2003)
Rick D. Husband, American astronaut (2003)
Laurel Clark, American astronaut (2003)
Kalpana Chawla, Indian-American astronaut (2003)
David Brown, American astronaut (2003)
Michael Philip Anderson, American astronaut (2003)
Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut (2003)
May O'Donnell, Dancer and choreographer (2004)

Tip of the Day : 01 February

Replace the rubber band of your pants

To put the rubber band of your pants back, put a safety pin to one end of the rubber band and slide. Hold the other end so it does not disappear inside. If the rubber band is not all around the pants, enter the safety pin until the end of the rubber band inside the pants. Open the pin and try to hook the rubber band without getting the fabric of the pants. Then slide to the exit.

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