2nd February

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1996 Gene Kelly dies Dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly dies aged 83
1990 Apartheid - the end President Frederik de Klerk of South Africa lifts the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress
1987 Terry Waite kidnapped Reports from Lebanon say Church of England envoy Terry Waite has been kidnapped by an Islamic militia group.
1979 Sid Viscious dies in New York Punk rock musician Sid Viscious of the Sex Pistols dies of a drug overdose in New York.
1972 The Troubles - British embassy destroyed Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people in Londonderry on Sunday
1943 World War 2 - Germans surrender at Stalingrad The half-starved remnants of the German 6th Army give themselves up after five months of bloody fighting for Stalingrad ends in defeat.
1942 Crosby, Stills and Nash Graham Nash, rock singer-musician, member of Crosby, Stills and Nash is born
1882 James Joyce born Irish novelist James Joyce is born near Dublin.
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