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Moments in time



• On Jan. 31, 1606, at Westminster in London, Guy Fawkes, a conspirator in the plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death before his execution for treason. On Nov. 5, 1605, Fawkes had been found lurking in a cellar of Parliament with two tons of gunpowder.

• On Feb. 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation are finally ratified. The Articles had been signed by Congress and sent to the individual states on Nov. 15, 1777, but bickering between Virginia and Maryland delayed final ratification for almost four years.

• On Feb. 2, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather.

• On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (or Nazi Party), is named chancellor (Fuehrer) of Germany. Hitler immediately ordered a rapid expansion of the state police, the Gestapo.

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