On This Day: What happened on 2 February?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 2 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1971 | President Milton Obote is replaced by Idi Amin as the leader of Uganda.

1989 | President of South Africa, P. W. Botha announces his resignation from the National Party presidency after he suffered a mild stroke 

1990 | South African President, F.W. de Klerk, announced the release of Nelson Mandela and unbanned the ANC, PAC, the SACP and other liberation movements.

1994 | President F W de Klerk announced when the first democratic elections will be held from 26-28 April 1994 in South Africa.

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1948 | South African athlete and journalist, Bevil Rudd (53) 

2013 | Former Namibian Minister of Education, Abraham Iyambo (51)

2015 | Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, Molade Okoya-Thomas (79)


1961 | Namibian politician, Abraham Iyambo 

1967 | Former Congolese General in the Armed Forces, Laurent Nkunda

1971 | South African footballer, Isaac Kungwane 


1995 | Zimbabwean cricketer, Henry Olonga was no-balled for an illegal action when Zimbabwe played Pakistan.

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2010 | Kenya won the Associates Twenty20 series by 14 runs against Uganda.



2020 | 1917, a British War film won the best film at the British Film Awards (BAFTAS).


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