Jan. 28, 1624: Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
Jan. 29, 1595: William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been first performed. The play was officially published in early 1597.
Jan. 30, 1815: Burned US Library of Congress re-established with Thomas Jefferson's 6,500 volumes
Jan. 31, 1865: General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War
Feb. 1, 1669: French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion
Feb.2, 1933: 2 days after becoming chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves the Reichstag (Parliament)
Feb.3, 1863: Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the "Territorial Enterprise"
Feb. 4, 1194: 100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England
Feb. 5, 1631: Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England
Feb. 6, 1819: Stamford Raffles founds Singapore as a British trading port
Feb. 7, 1569: King Philip II forms Inquisition in South America
Feb. 8, 1672: Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
Feb. 9, 1825: House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president
Feb. 10, 1824: Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
Feb. 11, 1768: Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes