Today is Friday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2007. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 2, 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
On this date:
In 1536, the Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
In 1653, New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incorporated.
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed.
In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York.
In 1882, Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born near Dublin.
In 1897, fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site nine years later.)
In 1948, President Truman sent to Congress a 10-point civil rights program calling for measures against lynching, poll taxes and job discrimination.
In 1961, the hijackers of the Portuguese ocean liner the Santa Maria allowed the passengers and crew to disembark in Brazil, 11 days after seizing the ship.
In 1987, the White House announced the resignation of CIA director William Casey, who was hospitalized and had undergone brain surgery.
In 1996, dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly died at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home; he was 83.
Ten years ago: Authorities in Vallejo, Calif., recovered 500 pounds of stolen dynamite and arrested two men in bombings that destroyed three bank teller machines and blasted a crater into the side of a courthouse wall. (Six men wound up receiving long prison terms for their roles in the case.)
Five years ago: Inside the World Economic Forum in New York, foreign economic leaders criticized the United States for protectionist policies while outside, thousands of protesters demonstrated against global capitalism. Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers star John Stallworth were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The NHL World All-Stars rallied to defeat North America 8-to-5.
One year ago: House Republicans elected John Boehner of Ohio as their new majority leader to replace the indicted Tom DeLay. Tornadoes tore through New Orleans neighborhoods that had been hit hard by Hurricane Katrina five months earlier.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Elaine Stritch is 82. Actor Robert Mandan is 75. Comedian Tom Smothers is 70. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 65. Actor Bo Hopkins is 65. Television executive Barry Diller is 65. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 61. Actress Farrah Fawcett is 60. Actor Jack McGee is 58. Actor Brent Spiner is 58. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 58. Model Christie Brinkley is 53. Actor Michael Talbott is 52. Actress Kim Zimmer is 52. Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Army of Anyone and Stone Temple Pilots) is 41. Rock musician Ben Mize (Counting Crows) is 36. Rapper T-Mo is 35. Actress Lori Beth Denberg is 31. Singer Shakira is 30.
Thought for Today: “The great temptation is to have an alibi.” — George Abbott, American theatrical producer (1887-1995).