On this day.... February 1

FEBRUARY 1ST


  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY
  • TODAY IS TEXAS APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST OF ST. BRIGID, PATRON SAINT OF IRELAND
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • CLARK GABLE (1901-1960)
  • LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967)
  • BORIS YELTSEN (1931-2007)
  • GARRETT MORRIS (1937, 81)
 
  • SHERMAN HEMSLEY (1938-2012)
  • RICK JAMES (1948-2004)
 
  • BRANDON LEE (1965-1994)
  • LISA MARIE PRESLEY (1968, 50)
 
  • PAULY SHORE (1968, 50)
  • RONDA ROUSEY (1987, 31)
  • HARRY STYLES (1994, 24)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1524, 20,000 PEOPLE IN LONDON FLEE THEIR HOMES AFTER ASTROLOGERS PREDICT THE WORLD WOULD END WITH A MASSIVE FLOOD
  • IN 1587, QUEEN ELIZABETH SIGNS THE DEATH WARRANT FOR HER COUSIN, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
  • IN 1790, THE US SUPREME COURT MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1793, FRANCE DECLARES WAR ON GREAT BRITAIN
  • IN 1851, MARY SHELLEY DIES OF A BRAIN TUMOR AT 53
  • IN 1856, EAST ALABAMA MALE COLLEGE IS CHARTERED (LATER AUBURN UNIVERSITY)
  • IN 1861, TEXAS SECEDES FROM THE UNION, OFFICIALLY STARTING THE CIVIL WAR
 
  • IN 1862, JULIA HOWE PUBLISHES “THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC”
  • IN 1856, THE 13TH AMENDEMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IS FORMALLY APPROVED
  • IN 1865, GENERAL SHERMAN BEGINS MARCHING THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA
  • IN 1884, THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY IS PUBLISHED
  • IN 1893, THOMAS EDISION FOUNDS THE WORLD’S FIRST MOVIE STUDIO
  • IN 1896, GIACOMO PUCCINI PREMIERES HIS OPERA “LA BOHEME”
 
  • IN 1898, TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANY ISSUES THE FIRST AUTO INSURANCE POLICY
  • In 1953, CBS PREMIERES “GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATRE” WHICH WAS LATER HOSTED BY RONALD REAGAN
  • IN 1953, CBS PREMIERES WALTER KRONKITE’S “YOU ARE THERE”
  • IN 1958, DOMENICO MODUGNO RELEASES “VOLARE”
  • IN 1960, FOUR BLACK STUDENTS ARE ARRESTED WHEN THEY REFUSE TO MOVE FROM A WOOLWORTH’S LUNCH COUNTER AFTER BEING DENIED SERVICE
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES GO TO #1 WITH “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”
 


  • IN 1965, 700 PROTESTERS INCLUDING MARTIN LUTHER KING ARE ARRESTED IN SELMA
  • IN 1965, PETER JENNINGS BECOMES THE ANCHOR OF ABC NIGHTLY NEWS AT 26
  • IN 1968, RICHARD NIXON ANNOUNCES HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
  • IN 1968, VINCE LOMBARDI RESIGNS AS COACH OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS
  • IN 1968, NGUYEN VAN LEM IS EXCUTED BY THE VIET CONG, CAPTURED BY PHOTOGRAPHER EDDIE ADAMS IN AN ICONIC PHOTO
  • IN 1969, JIM MORRISON IS ARRESTED FOR EXPOSING HIMSELF ON STAGE
  • IN 1972, CHUCK BERRY GOES TO #1 IN BRITAIN WITH “MY DING A LING”
 
  • IN 1972, NEIL YOUNG RELEASES “HARVEST”, BEST SELLING ALBUM OF 1972
  • IN 1976, ABC BEGINS AIRING THE MINI SERIES “RICH MAN, POOR MAN”
  • IN 1976, “THE SONNY AND CHER SHOW” RESUMES AFTER THE COUPLE DIVORCES
 
  • IN 1978, AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO HAVING SEX WITH A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL, ROMAN POLANSKI FLEES TO FRANCE
  • IN 1979, THE AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI RETURNS TO IRAN AFTER AN EXILE OF 15 YEARS
  • IN 1979, PATTY HEARST IS RELEASED FROM PRISON
  • IN 1980, BLONDIE RELEASES “CALL ME”
  • IN 1982, “LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN” DEBUTS ON NBC WITH BILL MURRAY AS THE FIRST GUEST
 


  • IN 1989, PRINCESS DIANA VISITS NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1991, SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT F.W. DE CLERK ANNOUNCES APARTHEID IS OVER
  • IN 1991, JOHN GRISHAM RELEASES “THE FIRM”
  • IN 1992, ELTON JOHN AND GEORGE MICHAEL GO TO #1 WITH THEIR LIVE COVER OF “DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME”
 


  • IN 1993, THE SIMPSONS COMIC BOOK HITS SHELVES
  • IN 2003, SEVEN DIE IN THE COLUMBIA SPACE SHUTTLE DISASTER UPON RE-ENTRY
  • IN 2004, JANET JACKSON HAS A “WARDROBE MALFUNCTION” DURING THE SUPER BOWL HALF TIME SHOW WHEN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE EXPOSES HER BREAST ON LIVE TV
  • IN 2004, THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS BEAT THE CAROLINA PANTHERS 32-29 IN SUPER BOWL 38
 


  • IN 2005, CANADA LEGALIZES SAME SEX MARRIAGE WITH THE “CIVIL MARRIAGE ACT”
  • IN 2006, BEN BERNANKE BECOMES CHAIRMAN OF THE US FEDERAL RESERVE
  • IN 2012, DON CORNELIUS SHOOTS AND KILLS HIMSELF AT 75
  • IN 2013, JOHN KERRY REPLACED HILLARY CLINTON AS SECRETARY OF STATE
  • IN 2013, A FIREWORKS TRUCK EXPLODES AND CAUSES A HIGHWAY TO COLLAPSE KILLING 26 PEOPLE IN CHINA
  • IN 2013, NETFLIX RELEASES THE FIRST SEASON OF “HOUSE OF CARDS”
 


  • IN 2014, JANET YELLEN REPLACES BEN BERNANKE AS CHAIR OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE
  • IN 2015, THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DEFEAT THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 28-24 IN SUPER BOWL 49
  • IN 2016, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARES ZIKA TO BE A GLOBAL CRISIS
  • IN 2016, THE IOWA CAUCUS ENDS WITH TED CRUZ BEATING DONALD TRUMP FOR THE REP. NOMINATION AND HILLARY CLINTON BEATING BERNIE SANDERS BY COIN TOSS
  • IN 2017, REX TILLERSON IS CONFIRMED AS SECRETARY OF STATE

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