On this day 2nd February

Important Days

World Wetlands Day

Important Events

1990 – Apartheid: F. W. de Klerk announces the unbanning of the African National Congress and promises to release Nelson Mandela.
2000 – First digital cinema projection in Europe (Paris) realized by Philippe Binant with the DLP CINEMA technology developed by Texas Instruments.
2004 – Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men’s singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
2005 – The Government of Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act. This legislation would become law on July 20, 2005, legalizing same-sex marriage.
2007 – Police officer Filippo Raciti is killed when a clash breaks out in the Sicily derby between Catania and Palermo, in the Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. This event led to major changes in stadium regulations in Italy.
2012 – The ferry MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papua New Guinea near the Finschhafen District, with an estimated 146-165 dead.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1915 – Khushwant Singh, Indian journalist and author (d. 2014)


1922 – Kunwar Digvijay Singh, Indian field hockey player (d. 1978)


1979 – Shamita Shetty, Indian actress

Death/ Death Anniversary

2013 – P. Shanmugam, Indian politician, 13th Chief Minister of Puducherry (b. 1927)