1880 - The first electric streetlight is installed in Wabash, Indiana.
1935 - The polygraph machine is tested for the first time. Leonard Keeler conducts the experiment in Portage, Wisconsin.
1940 - Frank Sinatra debuts with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra.
Also the end of Apartheid (1990), Bloody Sunday (1972), and Hitler's dissolution of the German parliament (1933), but those weren't so neat.
1905 - Ayn Rand, Russian-born author (d. 1982)
1949 - Brent Spiner, American actor
Apparently I share a birthday with Farrah Fawcett and a frankly alarming number of Popes.
1979 - Sid Vicious, English musician (Sex Pistols) (b. 1957)
And February second is evidently French Crepe Day. Now there's a holiday I can get behind. Yum.
*now wants crepes, and can't make them, curses*