On February 4th, Facebook, Inc., was founded.
Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild II, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called “five cross flag,” was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing Sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29 at the Reliant Stadium. MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB.
Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England, 21 bodies are recovered.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.
In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record.
The first European political party organization, the European Greens is established in Rome.
The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. Worst terrorist attack kills 116.
Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country’s presidential election on March 20.
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with skepticism on account of the launch date.
Islamic terrorists involved in the March 11 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.
Stanislav Petrov is awarded the World Citizen Award for averting a potential World War III in 1983.
The U.S. town of Hallam, Neb., is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also killed one local resident.
Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington D.C.
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