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This Day In History:
February 21653 The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
1659 Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town, produced the first bottle of South African wine.
1876 The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
1887 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
1901 The funeral of Queen Victoria of Britain.
1971- One week after overthrowing President Obote in a coup, Idi Amin declared himself President of Uganda, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Army Chief of Staff and Chief of Air Staff.
1972 The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest of the Bloody Sunday violence in Northern Ireland.
1974 The F-16 Fighting Falcon takes flight for the first time.
1982 The Syrian army bombarded the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood, killing about 7,00025,000 people.
1989 Soviet war in Afghanistan: The last Soviet armoured column leaves Kabul. The Soviets would finish their retreat out of Afghanistan on Feb. 15.
2004 Swiss tennis player Roger Federer became the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he held for a record 237 weeks.
February 2 Birthdays:
1905 Ayn Rand, Russian-born American author and philosopher (d. 1982)
1915 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
1937 Tom Smothers, American musician and comedian (The Smothers Brothers)
1942 Graham Nash, British-born American musician (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
1947 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (d. 2009)
1949 Brent Spiner, American actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1949 Ross Valory, American musician (Journey)
1953 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter and television personality (Dog the Bounty Hunter)
1954 Christie Brinkley, American model
1975 Donald Driver, American football player (Green Bay Packers)
1983 Ronny Cedeño, Venezuelan baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
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