On this day….1st February

1st  February

2017:

British MPs vote in favour of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit.

2009:

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the first openly gay Head of Government in the modern world.

2003: 

Seven astronauts die as Columbia breaks up on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere leaving Nasa and the world in a state of shock

1994: 

Sale of the last major British car manufacturer Rover to  German prestige car-maker BMW for £800 million.

Labour leader John Smith criticised the deal and Politicians on both sides are concerned the plan will leave the UK as the only Group of Seven nation without control of a leading car manufacturer.

Conservative Prime Minister John Major defended the proposal saying: “The prospects for Rover in the future are excellent. The new arrangements will provide new export markets and more investment.”

1951:

1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated

1953:

Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,835

1902:

US Secretary of State Hay protests granting Russia exclusive privileges in China, on ground that it runs contrary to the ‘open door’ policy granting all nations equal rights there

1864: 

2nd German-Danish war begins, and Austrian and Prussian troops occupy Schleswig-Holstein.

 

 

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