February 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, February 1, 1951, an atomic bomb explosion was aired on TV for the first time?

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.

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 interesting facts about February 1st in history!

What Events Happened On February 1 In History?

2021 Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was removed from power by a military coup d’état.

2017 MP’s in the UK voted in favor of triggering the European Union Bill (Article 50), which gave the 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.

Read More

2013 House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, was released as a Netflix Original.

OTD in 2013: House of Cards

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

2005 The Civil Marriage Act was introduced, 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.

Read More

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, Martin Luther King Jr. took over 250 people to the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote as part of a peaceful protest. He and all protestors were arrested and later charged with parading with no permits.


1951 An atomic bomb explosion was aired on TV for the first time.


1942 Voice of America, the US’ official external radio and television service, began broadcasting.

"Voice of America" was founded to be broadcast to Axis-controlled regions to counter Nazi propaganda. Today it produces content in 48 languages for TV and radio.

1908 King Carlos I of Portugal and his heir were assassinated in Lisbon.

1893 Thomas Edison completed the world’s first movie studio in West Orange, New Jersey.


1884 The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.

1788 Briggs & Longstreet was awarded a patent for the first steamboat in the US.

OTD in 1788: Briggs & Longstreet was awarded a 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.

Famous Quotes Said On February 1

Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said or written on this day throughout history.


“The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever.”

– Paulo Coelho


“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

– Nelson Mandela

Famous People Born On February 1

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Harry Styles. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1994 Harry Styles

English Singer

Harry Styles
29 years old
Born In:
England, UK
Read More

2000 Justin Blake

American Social Media Star

Justin Blake
23 years old
Born In:
Minnesota, USA

1968 Lisa Marie Presley

American Singer

Lisa Marie Presley
Died On:
Jan 12, 2023 (Age 54)
Born In:
Tennessee, USA

1965 Brandon Lee

American Actor

Brandon Lee
Died On:
Mar 31, 1993 (Age 28)
Born In:
California, USA

1994 Julia Garner

American Actress

Julia Garner
29 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1971 Michael C. Hall

American Actor

Michael C. Hall
52 years old
Born In:
North Carolina, USA

Special Holidays On February 1

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

February 1: Decorating With Candy Day

Decorating With Candy Day

For all of you with that super extra sweet tooth, this day is for you. That’s because today is Decorating With Candy Day, so give your food some sparkle and decorate everything with candy!

February 1: National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day

Today marks the day that Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution that would later become the 13th Amendment. It’s celebrated as National Freedom Day because the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the US, so it’s a pretty big deal!

THe Fact Site's

Fun Fact Of The Day

The Hobbit has been published in two editions. In the first edition, Gollum willingly bet on his ring in the riddle game.

February 1 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Aquarians are known thinkers, and they’ll be able to shake your world once they are in it.

All those born in the month of February have the Amethyst birthstone. Ancient Greeks believed that the Amethyst protected the person wearing it from drunkenness and helped keep the wearer sober-minded.

People born on February 1 were likely conceived the previous year on May 11.

A baby that is conceived on February 1, 2023, will be due later this year around October 25.

Share This

Fact Check

We have a thorough fact-checking process and a dedicated team verifying our content for accuracy. But occasionally, we may get things wrong, or information becomes outdated. If you believe something to be incorrect, please leave us a message below.

Leave a Comment