3rd February

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1994 NASA - Shuttle Discovery piloted by a woman The space shuttle Discovery blasts off with a woman, Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.
1988 Strike - Nurses Nurses across the UK take part in a day of industrial action to secure more money for themselves and the NHS.
1986 Popes Pope John Paul II meets Mother Teresa in Calcutta and visits her home for the sick and dying.
1966 Russian Federation - Land space probe on moon The Soviet Union makes the first controlled landing of a space probe on the Moon, but refuses to release the pictures it sends back.
1959 Buddy Holly dies An air crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
1924 US Presidents - 28th Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, dies in Washington, aged 67.
1809 Felix Mendelssohn born German composer, pianist and teacher Felix Mendelssohn is born
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