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It happened on a… February 1
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On February 1, NFL footballer Tom Brady announces his retirement. No one else has won the Super Bowl seven times and been named player of the game five times. His 35 playoff victories are not only a record, but 16 more than his closest rival, the legendary Joe Montana. Nothing attests to his exceptional longevity better than the fact that he is the only player in NFL history to have won a championship in three different decades.


Archaeologists announce discovery of thousands of undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation, Guatemala, using Lidar, suggests population of 10 million.


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning becomes all-time record-holder for MVP trophies, winning his 5th at the NFL Honours in New York.


“House of Cards”, starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, is released on Netflix.


Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.


“Harvest” 4th studio album by Neil Young is released (best selling album US 1972)

1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395).


The Beatles’ 1st #1 hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by “She Loves You”.


“The Misfits” premieres in NYC, final movie for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.


Founding of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” premiered in Turin.


Fire destroys Parliament Buildings at Quebec.

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