Today in History for February 2nd

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Highlights of this day in history include: World War II's Battle of Stalingrad ends; Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda; author James Joyce born; dancer-actor-coreographer Gene Kelly dies; punk rocker Sid Vicious dies. (Feb. 2)

February 2nd, 1943:

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A major victory for the Soviet Union during World War Two, as the last of Nazi Germany's forces in Battle of Stalingrad surrender.

The Nazis and their Axis partners lost some 800-thousand troops in the months-long battle. The Soviets lost more than a million soldiers.

1971:

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Idi Amin seizes power through a military coup in the East African nation of Uganda.

His brutal eight-year regime is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people.

1882:

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James Joyce --- the Irish author whose works include "Ulysses" and "Finnegan's Wake" --- is born in Dublin.

1996:

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[Notes:NAT of "Singin' in the Rain"]

Gene Kelly --- dancer, actor and choreographer of "Singin' in the Rain" fame --- dies in Beverly Hills, California. He was 83.

And, 1979:

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[Notes:NAT of Sid Vicious singing "My Way"]

Punk rock musician Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols dies of a drug overdose in New York. He was 21.

Today in History, February 2nd --- ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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