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On This Day — February 2nd

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February 2nd is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 332 days remaining until the end of the year (333 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).

Historical Events:

1653 – New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.

1709 – Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Defoe’s adventure book Robinson Crusoe.

1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.

1901 – Funeral of Queen Victoria.

1925 – Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.

1959 – Nine experienced ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains in the Soviet Union die under mysterious circumstances.

Celebrity Births:

Singer-Songwriter Shakira turns 41

Television Personality Gemma Collins turns 37

Model Christie Brinkley turns 64

Actor David Jason turns 78

Actress Gemma Arterton turns 32

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