Updated: Feb 21
January 31, 1865: Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24).
February 1, 1933: German Parliament is dissolved by President Paul von Hindenburg by the request of new chancellor Adolf Hitler.
February 2, 1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican–American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million.
February 3, 1944: World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
February 4, 1789: 1st US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President.
February 5, 1918: Separation of church and state begins in USSR.
February 6, 1862: General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee.