February 2 in history

February 2 events chronologically

506 Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law"
865 The Battle of the Morcuera took place in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle took place at Hoz de la Morcuera near Miranda de Ebro. The battle pitted the Christian forces of Castile and Asturias under Rodrigo of Castile against the forces of the Emirate of Córdoba under Muhammad I of Córdoba resulting in a decisive Cordoban victory
962 Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly 40 years
1032 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy
1141 The Battle of Lincoln, at which King Stephen was defeated and captured by the allies of Empress Matilda, presenting her with the unfulfilled opportunity to become the first queen of medieval England
1207 Terra Mariana, comprising present-day Estonia and Latvia, is established
1461 Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Mortimer's Cross is fought in Herefordshire, England

Top 7 most famous people born on February 2

1882 James Joyce an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.
1905 Ayn Rand a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead
1926 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing a French centrist politician and a member of the Constitutional Council of France. He served as President of the French Republic from 1974 until 1981
1947 Farrah Fawcett an American actress and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster and starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie's Angels. In 1996, she was ranked 26 on TV Guide '​s "50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time"
1952 Park Geun-hye the eleventh and current President of South Korea. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea and is serving the 18th presidential term. She also is the first woman head of state in the modern history of Northeast Asia. Prior to her presidency, she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party between 2004 and 2006 and between 2011 and 2012. Park was also a member of the Korean National Assembly and served four complete consecutive parliamentary terms as a constituency representative between 1998 and 2012; she started her fifth term as a proportional representative in June 2012. Her father was Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979. She is generally considered to be one of the most influential politicians in South Korea since the presidencies of the two Kims: Kim Young-sam and Kim Dae-jung
1977 Shakira a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos , and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones?
1987 Gerard Piqué a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

Top 7 most famous people died on February 2

1907 Dmitri Mendeleev a Russian chemist and inventor. He formulated the Periodic Law, created his own version of the periodic table of elements, and used it to correct the properties of some already discovered elements and also to predict the properties of eight elements yet to be discovered
1945 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler a monarchist conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant, and opponent of the Nazi regime. Had the 20 July plot of 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government
1970 Bertrand Russell a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense. He was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain
1979 Sid Vicious an English bass guitarist and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the Sex Pistols, and notorious for the murder of Nancy Spungen.
1995 Donald Pleasence an English film, television, and stage actor. His most notable film roles include psychiatrist Sam Loomis in most of the Halloween series, the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and RAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe in The Great Escape
1996 Gene Kelly an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen
2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman an American actor, director, and producer. He was prolific in both film and theater from the early 1990s until his death in 2014 at the age of 46, after which The New York Times declared him "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation"