Daily Almanac: Feb. 2, 2023


RISE: 7:51 a.m.
SET: 6:04 p.m.

High/Low Temperatures:

HIGH: 42 °F
LOW: 21 °F

Today is…:

• Candlemas
• Groundhog Day
• Tater Tot Day

What Happened On This Day:

• 1709 Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring Daniel Defoe’s adventure book Robinson Crusoe
• 1887
In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed
• 1943 The Battle of Stalingrad comes to an end when Soviet troops accept the surrender of the last organized German troops in the city

Births On This Day:

• 1882 James Joyce
Irish author
• 1977 Shakira
Colombian singer-songwriter, producer and actress

Deaths On This Day:

• 1979 Sid Vicious
English singer and bass player
• 1996 Gene Kelly
American dancer and actor