February 1: Day of the Week
February 1, 2020 was the 32nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 334 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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February 1 Historical Event(s)
- 1709Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
- 1790In New York City, the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time.
- 1835Slavery is abolished in Mauritius.
- 1920The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins operations.
- 1942Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States federal government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.
- 1942World War II: Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appoints Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government.
- 1968Canada’s three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces.
- 1972Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- 1978Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
- 1986New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Tiger in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on February 1?
- 1796Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
- 1801Émile Littré, French lexicographer (d. 1881)
- 1851Durham Stevens, American diplomat (d. 1908)
- 1898Leila Denmark, American pediatrician and medical researcher who co-developed the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and supercentenarian.
- 1902Langston Hughes African-American poet and author (d. 1967)
- 1906Hildegarde, American actress and singer (d. 2005)
- 1926Shane Devine, United States Federal Judge (d. 1999)
- 1930Mario Beaulieu, Canadian politician (d. 1998)
- 1946Chris Clark, Motown Soul singer
- 1966Michelle Akers, American soccer player
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