On Feb. 2, 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad ended when German troops surrendered to the Soviet army more than five months after they invaded.
Today is Friday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2018 with 332 to follow.
This is Groundhog Day in the United States.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include French statesman Charles de Talleyrand in 1754; Irish novelist James Joyce in 1882; Charles Correll, Andy of radio’s “Amos and Andy” program, in 1890; National Football League co-founder George Halas in 1895; hotel magnate Howard Johnson in 1897; Lithuanian violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1901; novelist Ayn Rand in 1905; columnist Liz Smith in 1923; musician Stan Getz in 1927; comedian Tom Smothers in 1937 (age 81); singer Graham Nash in 1942 (age 76); actor Farrah Fawcett in 1947; TV personality Ina Garten in 1948 (age 70); actor Brent Spiner in 1949 (age 69); former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in 1952 (age 66); model Christie Brinkley in 1954 (age 64); actor Michael T. Weiss in 1962 (age 56); singer Eva Cassidy in 1963; singer Shakira in 1977 (age 41); actor Gemma Arterton in 1986 (age 32); actor Soni Nicole Bringas in 2002 (age 16).
On this date in history:
In 1653, the city of New Amsterdam was incorporated. It later was renamed New York City.
In 1848, the war between the United States and Mexico formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It provided for Mexico’s cession of the territory that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Colorado and Wyoming in exchange for $15 million.
In 1876, the National Baseball League was formed, with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville, Ky., and Hartford, Conn.
In 1887, Groundhog Day was celebrated for the first time in Punxsutawney, Pa.
In 1911, an army of Mexican rebels under Gen. Pascal Orozco attacked the city of Juarez. James R. Garfield, son of the former president, and 100 other Americans were the first to raise the alarm. Garfield had been marooned in Mexico for several days, and evidently has escaped from the scene of engagement just in time.
In 1917, Europe’s neutrals looked to the United States for support, and to stand up for them, as fighting continued to rage across the continent.
In 1932, Japanese planes bombed Shanghai’s Chapei (Zhabei) District.
In 1933, two days after becoming chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler ordered dissolution of the Parliament.
In 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad — what is now known as the city of Volgograd, Russia — ended when German troops surrendered to the Soviet army more than five months after they invaded.
In 1980, the FBI accuses a U.S. senator and seven U.S. representatives of being involved in a bribery scandal — to become known as Abscam.
In 1993, first lady Hillary Clinton banned smoking in the White House.
In 1996, legendary dancer and actor Gene Kelly, one of the best-loved stars of Hollywood’s big musicals who was known for his athletic dance style, died. He was 83.
In 2002, a report requested by the board of directors of the Enron Corp. accused top executives of forcing the company into bankruptcy by, among other things, inflating profits by almost $1 billion.
In 2003, Vaclav Havel, the playwright who became a president, stepped down after his second five-year term as head of the Czech Republic.
In 2004, Roger Federer took over the No. 1 ranking in men’s tennis. He held the position for a record 237 consecutive weeks.
In 2007, hundreds of scientists taking part in a U.N.-sponsored study concluded in a report that human activity was to blame for climate change, largely through greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.
In 2012, Prince William was deployed to the British-controlled Falkland Islands off Argentina where critics faulted the royal heir for wearing “the uniform of the conqueror,” referring to the brief 1982 war when England repelled an Argentine takeover.
In 2014, Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment. The NYC medical examiner later said Hoffman was killed by a toxic mix of drugs. The death was ruled an accident.
A thought for the day: Robert Frost said, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”