On This Day 1 February

Important Days

Abolition of Slavery Day (Mauritius)
Air Force Day (Nicaragua)
Memorial Day of the Republic (Hungary)
National Freedom Day (United States)


Important Events

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.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1930 – Hussain Muhammad Ershad, Indian-Bangladeshi general and politician, 10th President of Bangladesh (d. 2019)

1961 – Kaduvetti Guru, Indian politician (d. 2018)

Death/ Death Anniversary

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia crew
Michael P. Anderson, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1959)
David M. Brown, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1956)
Kalpana Chawla, Indian-American engineer and astronaut (b. 1961)


Laurel Clark, American captain, surgeon, and astronaut (b. 1961)
Rick Husband, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1957)
William C. McCool, American commander, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1961)
Ilan Ramon, Israeli colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1954)

2013 – Shanu Lahiri, Indian painter and educator (b. 1928)