This day in history

Saturday, Feb. 2, is the 33d day of 2013. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Elaine Stritch is 88. Comedian Tom Smothers is 76. Singer Graham Nash is 71. TV executive Barry Diller is 71. TV chef Ina Garten is 65. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is 61. Model Christie Brinkley is 59. Actress Jennifer Westfeldt is 43. Singer Shakira is 36. Actress Zosia Mamet (‘‘Girls”) is 25.

In 1653, New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incorporated.


In 1870, the ‘‘Cardiff Giant,’’ supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be carved gypsum.

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In 1882, Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born near Dublin.

In 1887, Punxsutawney, Pa., held its first Groundhog Day festival.

In 1913, New York City’s rebuilt Grand Central Terminal officially opened to the public at one minute past midnight.

In 1922, the James Joyce novel ‘‘Ulysses’’ was published in Paris.


In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets.

In 1971, Idi Amin, having seized power in Uganda, proclaimed himself president.

In 2003, the search continued for pieces of the space shuttle Columbia, a day after the spacecraft disintegrated during reentry over Texas, killing all seven astronauts.

In 2012, Egyptian security clashed with stone-throwing protesters enraged by the failure of police to prevent a soccer riot that killed 74 people.