Today in history
In 1653, New Amsterdam – now New York City – was incorporated.
In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in N.Y.
In 1887, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day festival.
In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
In 1971, Idi Amin proclaimed himself president in Uganda.