February 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, February 2, 1852, London opened the world's first public flushing toilets?

February 2nd celebrates World Play Your Ukulele Day & Heavenly Hash Day.

Today marks the 33rd day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 332 days left until the end of 2022.

If you happen to be looking for some major events, facts and happenings that all fall on February 2nd then look no further. From dark times to historical events that brightened our future, we’ve got you covered.

Did you know that on this day in 1852, London opened the world’s first public flushing toilets? The drains were connected to sewers that fed directly into the River Thames.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 2nd in history!

What Events Happened On February 2 In History?

2022 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ferried a US National Reconnaissance Office payload into orbit.

The mission, NROL-87, is unfortunately highly classified, but it's assumed that its payload was a spy satellite of some sort, given the NRO built it. This was the first time a Falcon 9 rocket was used for an NRO mission. Each NRO mission has its own custom-made patch, and NROL-87 was no different - this time, the patch featured a wild mountain goat on high alert atop the peak of a mountain.

2022 Tesla recalled 54,000 of their Model S Sedans, Model 3 Sedans, Model Y SUVs, and X SUVs due to a software malfunction on their “Full Self Driving” feature.

2019 Forty mummies were discovered and unearthed in Tuna el-Gebel, South Cairo, Egypt.

OTD in 2019: Forty mummies were discovered and unearthed in Tuna el-Gebel
The mummies are believed to be from 323-30 BC.

2009 RuPaul’s Drag Race season 1 debuted on Logo TV.

BeBe Zahara Benet won the contest snatching a cash prize of $20,000.

2000 The Oxygen TV Network debuted on cable.

1974 “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand reached number one on the Billboard 100 charts.

This was Streisand's first number one hit in the US. It was also Billboard's No. 1 song and even won an Academy Award for Best Song in 1974.

1952 The high-end fashion label Givenchy was presented for the first time in Paris, with the first model being Bettina Graziani.

1935 A polygraph test was conducted by its inventor, Leonarde Keeler, for the first time.

While Keeler had already tested his invention out, this was the first time he used it to aid a criminal investigation. The two suspects who were tested later declared themselves guilty based on the evidence from the lie detector test.

1928 The Great Fall River fire destroyed many businesses downtown in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Although no deaths occurred, five city blocks were completely destroyed. The fire is known as the worst seen in Fall River.

1925 The first Sears retail store opened in Chicago.

1913 Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City.

1901 Queen Victoria’s funeral took place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.

OTD in 1901: Queen Victoria's funeral took place at St. George's Chapel

1852 London opened the world’s first public flushing toilets.

OTD in 1852: London opened the world's first public flushing toilets.
The toilet was located at 95 Fleet Street.

1709 Captain William Dampier rescued British Sailor Alexander Selkirk after 52 months of being left on an island.

Selkirk's story inspired Daniel Defoe to write "Robinson Crusoe."

Famous Quotes Said On February 2

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on February 2nd.


“It seems this is an age of clever critics who keep bewailing the fact that there are no works worthy of criticism.”

– Sylvia Plath

Famous People Born On February 2

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Shakira? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1977 Shakira

Colombian Singer

45 years old
Born In:
Atlántico, Colombia

1981 Gemma Collins

English TV Personality

Gemma Collins
41 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1987 Gerard Piqué

Spanish Soccer Player

Gerard Piqué
35 years old
Born In:
Catalonia, Spain

1940 David Jason

English Actor

David Jason
82 years old

Special Holidays On February 2

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

February 2: World Play Your Ukulele Day

World Play Your Ukulele Day

Have you been thinking about learning a musical instrument recently? Today is Play Your Ukulele Day, so why not try learning to play this little four-stringed instrument?

February 2: National Heavenly Hash Day

National Heavenly Hash Day

Like all things, there are many ways you can make heavenly hash - as long as you’re using marshmallows, you’re pretty much alright! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to indulge your sweet tooth and eat some heavenly hash!

February 2 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on February 2nd, your star sign is Aquarius.

Air is the element given to Aquarius because they are in the middle of the winter season, meaning they can be stubborn.

If you were born during February, then your birthstone is the Amethyst. Wearing this violet gem can help to reduce tension and stress. Amethyst symbolizes protection, safety, and protection against overall bad health.

Anyone born on Feb 2 would likely have been conceived around May 12 in the previous year.

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