31 January 2013

January 31 to February 2

January 31
1606  Guy Fawkes, convicted for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.
1872  Zane Grey, American Western writer, was born.
1907  Timothy Eaton, Canadian department store founder, died.
1990  McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.

February 1
1709  Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
1796  The capital of Upper Canada was moved from Newark to York.
1882  Louis Stephen St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada, was born
1893  Inventor Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, N.J.
1920  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established.
1968  Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, were unified into the Canadian Forces.
2003  Space Shuttle Columbia, disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

February 2
1653  New Amsterdam, now New York City, was incorporated.
1882  James Joyce, Irish novelist, was born near Dublin.
2007  The world's leading climate scientists said global warming, is "very likely" caused by humans and will be unstoppable for centuries.

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