2021 February

February 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 1

February 1st is Decorating With Candy Day and National Freedom Day.

Welcome to the very first day of the shortest month of the year. Today marks the thirty second day of the year.

Everyone who was born on February 1st shares the same star sign, Aquarius.

You’re in for a treat if you were born on this day as we have some incredible facts and historical events that all fall on this special day including, technology discoveries and major advances in human rights.

Did you know that on this day in 1951, an atomic bomb explosion was aired on TV for the first time? This blinding light was produced by a nuclear device that was dropped on Frenchman Flats, Nevada.

Keep reading for more facts about February 1st in history!

What Happened On February 1 In History?

2017

MP’s in the UK voted in favor of triggering the European Union Bill (Article 50) which gave government the power to prepare to leave the European Union.

2017

Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, founded the “Biden Foundation”.

However in April 2019, Joe ended the Biden Foundation to focus on his campaign for president.
2013

House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey was released as a Netflix Original.

House of Cards was one of Netflix's first original series, and the first to gain a significant audience.
2005

The Civil Marriage Act was introduced on this day, making same sex marriage legal in Canada.

2003

The first reusable spacecraft called “Space Shuttle Columbia” broke apart when returning to Earth and all seven astronauts on board died.

This disaster led to suspended flights for two years while NASA investigated what happened.
1982

NBC-TV premiered “Late Night with David Letterman”.

The first guest was comedian and actor Bill Murray.
1972

The first scientific hand-held calculators (HP-35) hit the markets with a hefty price tag at $395.

1965

Martin Luther King Jr. and 250 protestors were arrested.

OTD in 1965: Martin Luther King Jr. and 250 protestors were arrested.
On this day he took over 250 people to the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote as part of a peaceful protest. Himself and all protestors were arrested and later charged with parading with no permits.
Source eji.org
1951

An atomic bomb explosion was aired on TV for the first time.

Source Wired
1893

The world’s 1st movie studio was completed by Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey.

Source Wired
1788

Briggs & Longstreet was awarded patent for the first steamboat in the US.

OTD in 1788: Briggs & Longstreet was awarded patent for the first steamboat in the US.
1587

Mary Queen of Scots received the death sentence from cousin Queen Elizabeth I.

Queen Elizabeth I took much time deciding Mary Queen of Scots fate because by issuing a death warrant she was committing femicide.