February 2 in Pop Culture History

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February 2 in Pop Culture History
It’s Groundhog’s Day.

1046 – The “Little Ice Age” began in Europe.

1653 – New Amsterdam (now the City of New York) was incorporated.

1876 – National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball was founded

1887 – The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA

1892 – The bottle cap with cork seal was patented (#468,226) by William Painter, from Baltimore.

1893 – The Record of a Sneeze was filmed by Thomas Edison. It was the first filmed ‘close up.’

1914 – Charlie Chaplin’s first film appearance, Making a Living premiered in early theaters.

1922 – Ulysses by James Joyce was published.

1925 – Dog sleds, led by Gunnar Kasson, reached Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod Race.

1925 – Sears & Roebuck opened their first retail store, in Chicago.

1928 – Great Fall River Fire, Massachusetts

1950 – What’s My Line debuted on CBS.

1961 -Nearly 600 passengers aboard the hijacked Santa Maria liner were finally landed and released in Brazil.

1964 – G.I. Joe action figures (they are not ‘dolls’!) went on sale for the first time, featuring the four branches of the US military.

1967 – The American Basketball Association (ABA) was established. It only had four teams (New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) and later merged with its competition, the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1974 – # 1 Hit February 2, 1974 – February 8, 1974: Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were

1979 – Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City.

1980 – An FBI operation called ABSCAM, an undercover operation regarding US congressional corruption was made known to the public.

1985 – # 1 Hit February 2, 1985 – February 15, 1985: ForeignerI Want to Know What Love Is

1989 – Sky Television began broadcasting in the UK.

1990 – President De Klerk of South Africa lifted the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress (ANC).

1992 – # 1 Hit February 1, 1992 – February 7, 1992: George Michael & Elton JohnDon’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

2000 – Oxygen debuted on cable.

2013 – # 1 Hit February 2, 2013 – March 1, 2013: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring WanzThrift Shop

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