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Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide

James Cameron's sci-fi Avatar reached an astounding $2.039 billion global earnings 45 days after release. The film also passed Titanic's $600.8 million in domestic earnings on 2 February 2010, grossing $601.1 million, despite Titanic selling more tickets overall.

Ben Bernanke is approved as Fed chief in Senate

Ben Bernanke began a four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. He sat on the Financial Stability Oversight Board that oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Bernanke also served as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.

McDonald's opens its first fast-food in Russia

The first Soviet McDonald's opens at Pushkin Square, Moscow. At the time it was the largest McDonald's in the world. All of the McDonald's restaurants in all of the former Soviet Union are wholly owned by McDonald's Canada.

US Operation Just Cause ends, and Operation Promote Liberty begins in Panama

The United States Invasion of Panama, code-named Operation Just Cause, was an invasion of Panama by the United States between 20 December 1989 and 31 January 1990. On 31 January 1990 also started operation Operation Promote Liberty, which was designed to stabilize the situation in Panama and support the US-installed government.

First ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing in the USA

The National was a sports-centered newspaper published in the United States. The newspaper was based in New York City, was printed in a tabloid format, and was published Monday through Friday. The National was an American attempt to emulate the model of several international all-sports publications.

German troops surrender at Stalingrad

Battle of Stalingrad, between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943, was a major battle in World War II. It was the first big defeat for Nazis and also for the first time Nazi publicly acknowledged defeat in its war effort in the broadcast on German state radio.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 2009

Nagesh

born 1975

Preity Zinta

died 1606

Guy Fawkes