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1st February In History : Interesting Information
* 1327 – Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.
* 1662 – The Chinese general Koxinga seizes the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege.
* 1793 – French Revolutionary Wars: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
* 1814 – Mayon Volcano, in the Philippines, erupts, killing around 1,200 people; most devastating eruption of Mayon Volcano.
* 1861 – American Civil War: Texas secedes from the United States.
* 1920 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins operations.
* 1924 – The United Kingdom recognizes the USSR.
* 1942 – World War II: Vidkun Quisling is appointed Premier of Norway by the Nazi occupiers.
* 1943 – The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad.
* 1946 – Trygve Lie of Norway is picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General.
* 1979 – The Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back into Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
* 1992 – The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal Disaster case.
* 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
* 2004 – 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
* 2005 – Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
* 2009 – Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay head of state in the modern world.
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