1904, 3 February
Brigadier-General Frederick Lugard's West African Frontier Force breach the 50 foot high walls of Great Kano and capture the city, one of the main centres of the Sokoto Caliphate.
1925, 3 February
Anthropologist Raymond Arthur Dart's announcement of the discovery of the missing link hits the news four days before its official publication in Nature.
1960, 3 February
"The wind of change is blowing through this continent and, whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact." Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister, addressing the South African Parliament in Cape Town.
1961, 3 February
Fierce fighting erupts between pro-Lumumba troops and UN forces in the Congo.
1985, 3 February
Desmond Mpilo Tutu becomes the first black Anglican Archbishop of Johannesburg.