2 February History: India and World History of Major Events

February 2nd isn’t just another day on the calendar; it’s a date etched with historical significance that has shaped the narrative of both India and the world. Let’s embark on a journey through time, unraveling major events, notable birthdays and deaths, traditions, and the lasting impact on modern culture. As we flip the pages of history to February 2nd, a canvas of events unfolds, revealing a rich tapestry of moments that have left an indelible mark on our collective heritage.

February 2 is the 33rd day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. There are still 332 more days left in the year (333 in leap years). On this day the Indian Museum was opened, which is one of the oldest museums in the world.

Major Events of February 2

1509 – There was a war between Portugal and Turkey near Diu (Goa, Daman and Diu) in India.
1556 – About eight lakh thirty thousand people died in a devastating earthquake in Shanxi province of China.
1626 – Charles I becomes Emperor of England.
1788 – Pitts Regulatory Act was implemented for administrative reforms in the country.
1714 – Calcutta (now Kolkata) Museum established.
1862 – Shambhunath Pandit became the first Indian judge of Calcutta High Court.
1878 – Greece declared war against Turkey.
1892 – Russia established a ‘fur trading colony’ in California.
1901 – Queen Victoria’s funeral took place.
1913 – ‘Grand Central Terminal’ opened in New York.
1920 – France captures Mamel.
1922 – The novel ‘Ulysses’ written by James Joyce was published for the first time.
1939 – Hungary ends relations with the Soviet Union.
1952 – India won its first Test cricket in Madras.
1953 – All India Khadi and Village Industries Board was formed.
1966 – Pakistan presented an important proposal for ‘Kashmir Agreement’.
1982 – Syria attacks Hama.
1990 – The ban imposed on the African National Congress 30 years ago was lifted.
1992 – US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced the end of the Cold War.
1997 – Agreement to end the textile trade dispute between China and the United States.
1999 – Australian captain Mark Taylor retires from international cricket.
2001 – Allowed sale of American spare parts for Indian Navy’s Sea King helicopters.
2002 – Three people from Pakistan were arrested in the kidnapping case of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
2004 – Swiss tennis player Roger Federer remained on the number one ranking for 237 consecutive weeks. This is a record.
2007 – International Panel on Global Warming (IPCC) presented report.
2007 – President Pratibha Patil flagged off Karnataka’s first luxury train ‘Golden Chariot’.
2008 – Governor B. l. Joshi did B. Of. Gupta was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court.
2008 – An agreement was reached between the opposition to establish peace in Kenya.
2008 – Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makhdoum announced his son Sheikh Hamdan as his successor as crown prince.
2007 – Sikh Marriage Act Ordinance came into force for the first time in the history of Pakistan.
2019 – Earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck Delhi NCR region. An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude also occurred in Indonesia.
2019 – Iran 1350 km. Successfully test-fired cruise missile.
2020 – The first case of death due to Corona virus outside China was reported in the Philippines.
2020 – E-Visa for travelers coming to India from China was temporarily suspended. A second plane carrying 330 people from Wuhan reached Delhi.
2020 – India and Maldives signed MoUs establishing the Addu Tourism Zone on five islands of Addu Atoll.
2021 – India gets its first Wetland Conservation and Management Center on World Wetland Day.

World History and Events of February 2

1943: The Battle of Stalingrad ends with the surrender of the German Sixth Army to the Soviet Red Army, marking a major turning point in World War II.

1922: James Joyce’s revolutionary novel “Ulysses” is first published, forever changing the landscape of literary fiction.

1990: South African President F.W. de Klerk lifts the ban on the African National Congress, leading to the release of Nelson Mandela and marking the beginning of
apartheid’s dismantling.

2005: American astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot a space shuttle, the Discovery.

2009: The popular reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” premieres, bringing drag queen culture to mainstream audiences.


1754 – Teleran
1882 – James Joyce
1905 – Ayn Rand
1939 – Dale Thomas Mortensen
1986 – Gemma Arterton
1884 – Sridhar Venkatesh Kelkar, editor of India’s famous Marathi encyclopedia.
1889 – Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was a renowned Gandhian, freedom fighter and a social worker of India.
1890 – Charles Korol American film actor.
1902 – Moturi Satyanarayan was a strong organizer of the Hindi propaganda movement in South India.
1909 – Mohinder Singh Randhawa was a famous Indian historian, botanist, civil servant, and promoter of art and culture.
1915- Khushwant Singh was a famous Indian journalist, writer, novelist and historian.
1916 – Dasaratha Deb – was the eighth Chief Minister of Tripura state and Indian politician.
1922 – B. B. Lyngdoh – was the former third Chief Minister of Meghalaya state and Indian politician.
1925 – Jeet Singh Negi was the first folk singer of Uttarakhand state, whose gramophone record of his songs was released in the year 1949.
1970- Annapurna Devi Yadav, Indian politician.
1979- Shamita Shetty, Indian film actress.
1989 – Anuradha Thokchom hockey team player.
1990 – Bala Devi Indian football player.


1907 – Dmitri Mendeleev was a famous Russian chemist who prepared the periodic table.
1958 – Balusu Sambamurthy Freedom Fighter (Madras).
1960 – Acharya Chatursen Shastri was a great novelist of Hindi language literature.
1969- Khubchand Baghel was an Indian freedom fighter and a great leader and litterateur of the Chhattisgarh state creation movement.
1978 – Govind Shankar Kurup, a famous Malayali language writer honored with the Jnanpith Award.
1982 – Mohan Lal Sukhadia was a famous Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
2008 – Vijay Arora was a famous Indian film and television veteran actor (born – 1944).
2013 – P. Shanmugam was twice Chief Minister of Puducherry (Union Territory) and Indian politician.
2017 – Shunichiro Okano was a Japanese football player and manager.

Special Day

National Tater Tot Day.
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​Wetland Day.
World Read Aloud Day.
World Drought Day.
National Groundhog Day.

Date Wise More Events of February Month

1 February17 February
2 February18 February
3 February19 February
4 February20 February
5 February21 February
6 February22 February
7 February23 February
8 February24 February
9 February25 February
10 February26 February
11 February27 February
12 February28 February
13 February29 February
14 February
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16 February

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What makes February 2nd historically significant?

February 2nd is historically significant due to a confluence of events that shaped both Indian and global history.

Who are some notable figures born on February 2nd?

Individuals like Teleran and James Joyce were born on this day, leaving lasting legacies in their respective fields.

How do the traditions on February 2nd contribute to cultural heritage?

Traditions and celebrations on February 2nd contribute to cultural heritage by preserving and passing down practices that define communities.

How can we commemorate the historical events of February 2nd today?

Commemorate by reflecting on the impact of historical events, celebrating traditions, and acknowledging the contributions of notable figures born on this day.