Born on this day 2nd February
1650 Nell Gwynne
1695 William Borlase
1882 James Joyce
1920 Hughie Green
1929 George Band
1931 Les Dawson
1933 Tony Jay
1940 David Jason
1943 Susan Hanson
1944 Sir Andrew Davies
1944 Geoffrey Hughes
1947 Farah Fawcett
1949 Duncan Bannatyne
1951 Ken Bruce
1955 Virginia Leng
1962 Garth Brooks
1962 Andy Fordham
1976 James Hickman
1981 Michelle Bass
1990 Dan Gosling
Died on this day
1979 Sid Vicious
1995 Fred Perry
1996 Gene Kelly
1963 The Beatles supported Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Theatre in Bradford.
1967 The Bee Gees returned to Ringland from Australia where they had emigrated.
1978 Van Halen signed to Warner Brothers.
1985 Foreigner topped the US singles chart with their rock ballad ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.
1952 A club-record 61905 spectators attended Liverpool’s FA Cup match with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
1991 In the 5 Nations Rugby Tournament, Scotland beat Ireland 21-13.
2004 Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men’s singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
People & Showbiz
1901 Funeral of Queen Victoria.
1971 Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader of Uganda.
1993 The Queen was set to sue The Sun newspaper after it published her traditional festive message 2 days early.
1995 The German yoghurt company Muller, sacked Joanna Lumley, the star of TV’s ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ because she felt she was too old for its commercials.
1653 New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
1709 Alexander Selkirk is rescued from shipwreck on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
1848 California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese emigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
1972 The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest at Bloody Sunday.
1986 34 people died during blizzards and freezing weather that swept across much of western Europe.
1988 Several protestors abseiled into the House of Lords in demonstration of the controversial clause 28 of the Local Government Bill which forbids local councils from promoting homosexuality.
1990 Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Major announced that in 1991, 1p and 2p coins would be made from copper-plated steel instead of bronze.