Lost and Found – February 2nd Edition

What to remember about February 2nd…

  • 1653  City of New Amsterdam is incorporated; later renamed New York City
  • 1887  In Gobblers Knob, Pennsylvania a newspaper declares “Punxsutawney Phil” is America’s only weather predicting groundhog; holiday born
  • 1812  Russia attempts to lay claim to territory north of San Francisco by establishing Fort Ross; abandoned and empty by 1841
  • 1848  Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican-American War; agreement grants half-million square miles to U.S.; area includes parts of Texas, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming
  • 1876  National League of Professional Baseball Clubs is formed; later named the National League
  • 1942  German collaborator Vidkun Quisling becomes prime minister of puppet government in Norway; his name now synonymous with “traitor”
  • 1974  1st planned flight of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcon; accidental flight taken January 20th to avoid accident
  • 1980  FBI reveals details of ABSCAM undercover corruption investigation; 31 public officials caught up in bribery scandal
  • 1989  Last Soviet armored column leaves Kabul, Afghanistan after 9-year occupation; cease-fire allows last troops out of country by February 15th

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