1848: The Treaty of Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – also known as the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits and Settlement between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic – is signed on this day during the Mexican American War.
1850: Brigham Young issues a war decree against the Timpanogos Tribe in Provo, Utah at the Battle of Fort Utah.
1887: The first ever Groundhog Day is observed on this day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A tradition that’s continued till this day as the whole country watches whether their due for six more weeks or winter or not.
1922: James Joyce published Ulysses, a novel which stirred controversy when it was first received by the public.
1935: The first polygraph tests are administered to two murder suspects by Leonarde Keeler. This would be the first time that polygraph evidence was allowed in a United States’ court.
1943: The last German troops in Stalingrad surrender and the Soviets accept their surrender. This officially ends the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II.
2000: The 1st digital cinema projection to be used in Europe is unveiled in Paris, France.
2005: Canada first introduces the Civil Marriage Act. This legislation which legalized same-sex marriage would officially be enacted into law on July 20th of the same year.
Famous Birthdays on February 2
Irish novelist, poet and short story writer, James Joyce is born in 1882.
American author and screenwriter, Johnston McCulley is born in 1883.
American author and poet, William Rose Benet is born in 1886.
American actor and screenwriter, Charles Correll is born in 1890.
American painter Robert Philipp is born in 1895.
American businessman and founder of Howard Johnson’s, Howard Deering Johnson is born in 1897.
American actress and producer, Farrah Fawcett is born in 1947.
American chef, author and TV personality, Ina Garten is born in 1948.
American actor Brent Spiner is born in 1949.
American model, actress and businesswoman, Christie Brinkley is born in 1954.