Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
February 1st

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772*Hadrian I is elected to the Papacy.Ref: 69
1327*Edward III is coronated King of England at Westminster Abbey, Middlesex.Ref: 53
1327*The coronation of Edward III (of England) by Walter Reynolds at Westminster Abbey.Ref: 16
1539*Emperor Karel & King François I sign anti-English treaty.Ref: 5
1587*Elizabeth I, Queen of England, signs the Warrant of Execution for Mary Queen of Scots.Ref: 2
1633*The tobacco laws of Virginia are codified, limiting tobacco production to reduce dependence on a single-crop economy.Ref: 2
1669*French King Louis XIV limits freedom of religion.Ref: 5
1717*Henri d'Aguesseau's first appointment as chancellor of France.Ref: 5
1720 Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty.Ref: 5
1732 Parliament of Ratisborn accept Pragmatic Sanctions.Ref: 5
1742 Sardinia & Austria sign alliance.Ref: 5
1750*Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton (author of "Amazing Grace"), 24, wedded Mary Catlett. Their marriage lasted 40 years, before her death in 1790. John lived another 17 years, and died in 1807.Ref: 5
1790*In the Royal Exchange Building on New York City’s Broad Street, the Supreme Court of the United States meets for the first time, with Chief Justice John Jay of New York presiding.Ref: 3
1809*Dutch King Louis Napoleon accepts metric system.Ref: 5
1810*First insurance company managed by blacks (American Insurance Company of Philadelphia).Ref: 5
1810*US Population 7,239,881; Black population - 1,377,808 (19%).Ref: 5
1840*Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, first in US, incorporated.Ref: 5
1860*First rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of New York NY.Ref: 5
1861*A furious Governor Sam Houston storms out of a legislative session upon learning that Texas has voted 167-7 to secede from the Union.Ref: 2
1861*Dike breaks in Gelderland Netherlands.Ref: 5
1865*The 13th Amendment approved is signed by President Lincoln (National Freedom Day). (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1865*JS Rock, first black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court, admitted to bar.Ref: 5
1867*Bricklayers start working 8-hour days.Ref: 5
1868*(day unknown) Programs are held in the new Xenia (Ohio) City Hall. (XDG, 10/2/1981)Ref: 83
1870*The Little Miami Railroad (providing service to Xenia OH, Cincinnati, etc) leases its operations to the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis RR. (XDG, p 7, 6/10/2003)Ref: 83
1871*Jefferson Long of Georgia is first black to make an official speech in House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates).Ref: 5
1881*(date given as February 1881) Remodeling of the Xenia OH Opera House is complete. (XDG, 3/2/1984)Ref: 83
1881*US Assay Office in St Louis MO authorized.Ref: 5
1892*‘Auriga,' a new star, observed in Milky Way for first time.Ref: 10
1897*(actual date is in January, 1897; route description taken from a 2/01/1897 newspaper clipping) "Dinky", the electric trolley of Xenia OH, makes its first run. (XDG, p 3A, 11/12/2003)Ref: 83
1898*The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT issued the very first automobile insurance policy on this day to Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY.Ref: 4
1901*Pioneer American missionaries Charles (37) and Lettie (31) Cowman set sail for Japan. Later in the year they founded the Oriental Missionary Society. They labored in the foreign field until Charles' worsening health forced them to retire in 1917.Ref: 5
1902*U.S. Secretary of State John Hay protests Russian privileges in China as a violation of the "open door policy."Ref: 2
1902*China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet.Ref: 5
1905 Germany contests French rule in Morocco.Ref: 2
1905*Hungarian premier Tisza resigns.Ref: 5
1906*(Haywood Trial) Harry Orchard, after breaking down several times and crying, completes a 64-page confession to the Steunenberg assassination and 17 other killings, all ordered, he says, by the inner circle of the Western Federation of Miners, including William Haywood, Charles Moyer, and George Pettibone.Ref: 87
1906*First federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth KS.Ref: 5
1909*U.S. troops leave Cuba after installing Jose Miguel Gomez as president.Ref: 2
1909*US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens.Ref: 5
1910*First British labour exchange opens.Ref: 5
1910*Dragoumis government forms in Greece.Ref: 5
1913*Grand Central Station opens in New York City.Ref: 10
1914*Tanganyika Railway opens.Ref: 5
1918*Russia adopts Gregorian calendar (becomes Feb 14).Ref: 5
1919*The first Miss America is crowned in New York City. Edith Hyde was not a Miss. She was a Mrs. Mrs. Tod Robbins, the mother of two children.Ref: 4
1920*Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police.Ref: 5
1924*New British MacDonald government recognizes USSR.Ref: 17
1925 First national conference of KPD's Rotfrontkämpferbund in Berlin.Ref: 5
1926*Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR.Ref: 5
1926*Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per square inch.Ref: 5
1930 The SS City of New York departs from Brooklyn NY bound for Capetown South Africa. It is the first diesel powered passenger ship. (XDG, p 4A, 2/1/2001)Ref: 83
1930*A Loening Air Yacht of Air Ferries makes its first passenger run between San Francisco and Oakland, California.Ref: 2
1933 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname.Ref: 5
1933*Dutch bishops forbid membership in non-catholic unions.Ref: 5
1933*German Parliament dissolves, General Ludendorf predicts catastrophe.Ref: 5
1934 Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves all political parties but his own.Ref: 5
1935*Water begins backing up at Hoover DamRef: 62
1935 James T Farrell finishes his "Studs Lonigan" trilogy.Ref: 5
1937*Stapleton, Staten Island becomes a customs-free port.Ref: 5
1938*An 8.5 earthquake hits the Banda Sea, Indonesia.Ref: 85
1939*Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded And the Angels Sing, on Victor Records. The vocalist on that number, who went on to find considerable fame at Capitol Records, was Martha Tilton.Ref: 4
1944*Supreme Soviet enlarges soviet republics' autonomy.Ref: 5
1946*Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zolt n Tildy as communist president.Ref: 5
1946*Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.Ref: 70
1947*Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of Christian-democrats & communists.Ref: 5
1947*Dmitri Shostakovich named professor at conservatory of Leningrad.Ref: 5
1947*NV United Dutch Fokker's Aircraft established.Ref: 5
1948 Federation Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates.Ref: 5
1949*200" (5.08-meter) Hale telescope first used.Ref: 5
1949 The modern state of Israel formally annexed West Jerusalem.Ref: 5
1950*Remington Rand buys Eckert-Mauchly CorporationRef: 62
1950*Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland.Ref: 5
1950*USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes.Ref: 5
1951*Third A-bomb tests are completed in the desert of Nevada.Ref: 2
1951*First telecast of atomic explosion US nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1951*First X-ray moving picture process demonstrated.Ref: 5
1951*-50ºF (-46ºC), Gavilan NM (state record).Ref: 5
1951*Alfred Krupp & 28 other German war criminals freed.Ref: 5
1951*UN condemns People's Republic of China as aggressor in Korea.Ref: 5
1952*General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia.Ref: 5
1953 Dr A de Waal appointed as Netherlands first female assistant Secretary of state.Ref: 5
1954*Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire.Ref: 5
1955*H C Hansen appointed premier of Denmark.Ref: 5
1956*Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking.Ref: 5
1957*First black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline.Ref: 5
1957 Gijsbert of Hall appointed mayor of Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1958 Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic.Ref: 5
1959*Swiss males vote against voting rights for women.Ref: 5
1960*Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service. (Go to article.)Ref: 70
1961*British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive.Ref: 5
1963*Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda.Ref: 5
1963*New house numbering system goes into effect in Xenia OH. South and east sides of the street would have odd numbers; north and west sides would have even numbers. (XDG, p 7A, 9/02/2003)Ref: 83
1964*President Lyndon B. Johnson rejects Charles de Gaulle's plan for a neutral Vietnam.Ref: 2
1964 Suriname River dammed.Ref: 5
1965*Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 others are arrested in protest against voter discrimination in Alabama.Ref: 2
1965 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam.Ref: 5
1968*Former Vice-President Richard Nixon announces candidacy for President.Ref: 5
1968 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi.Ref: 5
1969*John DeLorean was named the top executive at Chevrolet.Ref: 3
1970 West-Germany & USSR sign gas contract.Ref: 5
1975*Bill Gates and Paul Allen complete BASIC and license it to their first customer, MITS of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the manufacturer of the Altair 8800 personal computer. This is the first computer language program written for a personal computer. 
1975*Otis Francis Tabler is first open homosexual to get security clearance to work for the Defense Department.Ref: 5
1978*Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.Ref: 5
1978*Harriet Tubman is first black woman honored on a US postage stamp.Ref: 5
1979*(Patty Hearst) Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, whose prison sentence for bank robbery had been commuted by President Carter, left a federal prison near San Francisco.Ref: 70
1979*Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.Ref: 70
1979*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1981 Dutch Antilles census is 231,932.Ref: 5
1981*French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq.Ref: 5
1982 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia).Ref: 5
1983*USSR performs underground nuclear test.Ref: 5
1984*Ravindara Mhatrem, Indian diplomat, kidnapped in England (killed 0203).Ref: 5
1984 China & Netherlands regain diplomatic relations.Ref: 5
1985*-69ºF (-56ºC), Peter's Sink UT (state record).Ref: 5
1985*-61ºF (-52ºC), Maybell CO (state record).Ref: 5
1987*163 day strike against Deere & Company ends, workers accept wage freeze.Ref: 5
1987 Terry Williams of Los Gatos, CA won the largest slot machine payoff to that time. He put $4.9 million in his pockets after getting four lucky 7s on a machine in Reno, NV. It is not known if his pants fell down from carrying all that money or not, but we believe so. It’s happened to us with just $9 worth of nickels.Ref: 4
1989*Yuri Levada's questionnaire in Lit gazetaRef: 89
1989*Completion of Soviet pullout of Afghanistan.Ref: 89
1989*Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion.Ref: 5
1989*Princess Diana of England visits New York NY.Ref: 5
1991 President F W de Klerk, says he would repeal all apartheid laws.Ref: 5
1992*U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an agreement of general principles that concluded decades of East-West rivalry and encouraged a future relationship of cooperation. The signing in Washington DC marked the official end of the ‘Cold War’.Ref: 4
1993 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces his country would repatriate about 100 Palestinians deported to Lebanon, an offer rejected by the deportees. (XDG, p 4A, 2/1/2003)Ref: 83
1993 New York Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman.Ref: 5
1994*Large meteorite falls near Kusaie, Pacific Ocean.Ref: 5
1995*Amtrak New York-Tampa run ends.Ref: 5
1996*Both houses of the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a rewrite of the 1935 Communications Act. Some highlights: allowed local and long-distance telephone companies, as well as cable TV providers, to offer a mixture of goods and services; Deregulate cable TV rates; allowed consumers access to a greater variety of cable, telephone and other communications services; and, in one of the most controversial changes, it revised the National Multiple Radio Ownership Rule and Local Radio Ownership Rule, allowing most of the stations in the U.S. to be snatched up by a few corporations.Ref: 4
1998*In a round to Sunday talk show appearances, Monica Lewinsky's attorney, William Ginsburg, predicted that the controversy over whether the former White House intern had an affair with President Clinton would "go away" and the president would survive unscathed. (XDG, p 4A, 2/1/2003)Ref: 83
1999*Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Clinton.Ref: 70
2002*President GW Bush responds to the collapse of Enron by proposing regulation reforms of 401(k) retirement plans. Justice Department investigators direct Bush's staff to preserve the paper trail of any contact with Enron. (XDG, p 4A, 2/1/2003)Ref: 83
2004*Four flights from Great Britain to Houston are canceled due to possible al-Qaeda terrorist threats. A Continental Airlines flight from Dulles in Washington DC to Houston is also canceled. This is the first time a US flight has been canceled due to terrorist threats. (USA Today, p 1, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
1783*William Herschel announces star Lambda Herculis as apex.Ref: 5
1788*First US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet.Ref: 5
1793*Ralph Hodgson of Lansingburg, NY patented one of the world’s greatest inventions: oiled silk.Ref: 4
1883*French Lieutenant-Colonel Gustave Borgnis-Desbordes reaches Bamako on the Niger.Ref: 5
1920*First commercial armored car introduced (St Paul MN).Ref: 5
1946*The original press conference announcing the ENIAC. The reporters were addressed by Major General Gladeon M. Barnes, head of Research and Development Service of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Eckert, Mauchly, Brainerd, and Goldstine.Ref: 2
1958*The U.S. launches Explorer I, the first successful U.S. orbital launch.  
1959*Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit).Ref: 5
1961*First full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful.Ref: 5
1972*First scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395).Ref: 5
1993*Soyuz TM-16 lands.Ref: 5
1662 Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates.Ref: 5
1753*French troops dispatched from Canada take the Ohio Valley, and begin construction of three forts.Ref: 92
1789*Chinese troops driven out of Vietnam capital Thang Long.Ref: 5
1793*France declares war on Great Britain and the Netherlands.Ref: 2
1810 Seville, Spain surrenders to the French.Ref: 5
1864 2nd German-Danish war begins.Ref: 5
1864 Austrian/Prussian troops occupy Sleeswijk/Holstein.Ref: 5
1864*Battle of Yazoo River, Mississippi.Ref: 5
1865*General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins.Ref: 5
1917*Admiral Tirpitz announces unlimited submarine war.Ref: 5
1923 Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel.Ref: 5
1923*Fascists Voluntary Militia forms in Italy under Mussolini.Ref: 5
1940*Russia begins new offensive against Finland.Ref: 5
1942*First U.S. aircraft carrier offensive of the war as YORKTOWN and ENTERPRISE conduct air raids on Japanese bases in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands.Ref: 2
1942*Almost two years after the German invasion of Norway, Vidkun Quisling, a notorious Nazi collaborator, becomes the occupied country’s puppet prime minister.Ref: 3
1943*The Japanese begin the evacuation of Guadalcanal. 
1943*One of America's most highly decorated military units of World War Two, the 442d Regimental Combat Team, made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, was authorized.Ref: 6
1943*American tanks and infantry are battered at German positions at Fais pass in North Africa.Ref: 2
1943*Mussert forms pro Nazi shadow cabinet (Netherlands).Ref: 5
1943*German occupiers make Vidkun Quisling Norwegian premier.Ref: 5
1944*US 7th Infantry/25th Marine Division lands on Kwajalein/Roi/Namur.Ref: 5
1945*U.S. Rangers and Filipino guerrillas rescue 513 American survivors of the Bataan "death march".Ref: 2
1945*US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie.Ref: 5
1948 Palestine Post building in Jerusalem bombed.Ref: 5
1960 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender.Ref: 5
1968*U.S. troops drive the North Vietnamese out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon; South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu declares martial law.Ref: 2
1968*Famous photo Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene captured in a famous news photograph.Ref: 5
1968*South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu declares martial law.Ref: 2
1905*Hague soccer team ADO forms.Ref: 5
1913*Olympic hero Jim Thorpe signs with the New York baseball Giants.Ref: 1
1914*In the very first game ever to take place in the Egyptian desert, the White Sox and Giants play to a 3-3 tie. The contest was part of a 56-game world tour promoting baseball.Ref: 1
1919*Dodgers trade Jake Daubert to Reds for Tommy Griffith Daubert.Ref: 5
1920*Soccer team Quick Boys forms.Ref: 5
1924*Soccer team VSV Tonido forms in Voorburg.Ref: 5
1925*Chess Champion Alexander Alekhine plays 28 simultaneous games of chess winning 22. Blindfolded.Ref: 10
1929 Weightlifter Charles Rigoulet of France, achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402½ pounds.Ref: 4
1941 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jane Vaughn.Ref: 5
1941 US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner.Ref: 5
1950*Curly Lambeau, founder of the franchise and Green Bay's head coach since 1921, resigned under fire. Ref 
1954*Soccer team The County forms in Doetinchem.Ref: 5
1959*Zack Wheat is unanimously elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1959 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss.Ref: 5
1959 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins.Ref: 5
1959*Wiffi Smith win LPGA Havana Golf Tournament.Ref: 5
1960*34th Australian Women's Tennis Margaret Smith beats J Lehane (7-5 6-2).Ref: 5
1960*48th Australian Men's Tennis Rod Laver beats N Fraser (5-7 3-6 6-3 8-6 8-6).Ref: 5
1962*NL releases its first 162-game schedule.Ref: 5
1965*The National League adopts a disaster plan in the event a team's plane crashes.Ref: 1
1968*Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of the Green Bay Packers.Ref: 5
1969 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn.Ref: 5
1969 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood.Ref: 5
1970*Former commissioner Ford Frick, Earle Combs and Jesse Haines are selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be in the Hall of FameRef: 1
1971*Evonne Goolagong scored her first major singles victory as she defeated Margaret Court in the finals of the Victorian Open, played in Melbourne, Australia.Ref: 4
1973*Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selection of Monte Irvin to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
1975*First successful Washington Capitals penalty shot, Ken Lockett vs Vancouver Canucks.Ref: 5
1975*Lorne Henning scores on 3rd Islander penalty shot.Ref: 5
1976*Mike Marshall is arrested by the East Lansing police for taking batting practice on the campus of Michigan State University. MSU officials had asked the Dodger reliever not to hit baseballs near the tennis courts fearing for the students' safety.Ref: 1
1976*Judy Rankin wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational.Ref: 5
1977*Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball.Ref: 5
1981*(day unspecified) Garry Kasparov places first in the Match-Tournament of USSR Teams in Moscow. There was pressure for Lev Psakhis to play on board 1 despite Kasparov having a much higher rating. A possible explanation was that Karpov who was board 1 for another team, did not want to face Kasparov, and used his influence accordingly. Kasparov had two exciting draws with Karpov.Ref:78
1981*11th NFL Pro Bowl NFC beats AFC 21-7.Ref: 5
1981*31st NBA All-Star Game East beats West 123-120 at Cleveland.Ref: 5
1981*Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek.Ref: 5
1984*Daniel Stern becomes NBA commissioner.Ref: 5
1985*The Giants trade Jack Clark to the Cardinals for David Green, Jose Uribe, Dave LaPoint and Gary Rajsich.Ref: 1
1985 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tiffany Chin.Ref: 5
1986*Denny Crum, suffering from the flu, used the telephone to coach his Louisville basketball team. The Louisville Cardinals won 92-71 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. Achoo!Ref: 4
1987*38,873 NBA crowd watch Chicago at Detroit.Ref: 5
1987*Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1987*NFL Pro Bowl AFC beats NFC 10-6.Ref: 5
1992*Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 million).Ref: 5
1992*Denis Potvin's #5 becomes the first number retired by the New York Islanders.Ref: 5
1993*(day unspecified) Garry Kasparov and English Chess GrandmasterNigel Short unexpectedly announce the creation of the PCA (Professional Chess Association) and refused to play under the jurisdiction of FIDE. This was slightly unexpected because Short had some issues with Kasparov up until that time.Ref:78
1994*Irina Privalova runs world record 50 meter indoor (6.03 seconds).Ref: 5
1994*Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty in Portland, Ore., to taking part in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.Ref: 70
1995 Amy van Dikes swims woman's world record 50 meter butterfly (26.73).Ref: 5
1998*86th Australian Mens Tennis Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (6-2 6-2 6-2).Ref: 5
1998*Australian Mixed Doubles Tennis J Gimelstob & V Williams beat Suk & Sukova (6-2 6-1).Ref: 5
1998*NFL Pro Bowl Game, AFC beats NFC 29-24.Ref: 5
1999*The Yankees trade highly touted third base prospect Mike Lowell to the Marlins for minor league pitchers Eddie Yarnall, Todd Noel and Mark Johnson. Scott Brosius' outstanding 1998 performance made the former minor league player-of-the-year expendable.Ref: 1
2001*Post season hero Jim Leyritz signs a $500,000, one-year minor league contract with the Mets. The former Yankee has hit one HR per every 7.6 postseason at-bats making it the third best performance for players with five or more postseason round trippers.Ref: 1
2002*The NCAA placed Alabama on five years probation, jolting the football program with a two-year bowl ban and heavy scholarship reductions. (XDG, p 4A, 2/1/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Six-time All-Star Kenny Lofton (.261,14, 66) agrees to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the White Sox. The 34-year center fielder, who has played with the Indians, Braves and Astros during his 11-year major league career has a .302 life-time batting average.Ref: 1
2003*Red Sox president Larry Lucchino announces four senators, Edward M. Kennedy D-MA, John F. Kerry D-MA, John McCain, R-AZ, and Tom Daschle, D-SD, will file legislation nominating Jackie Robinson for the Congressional Gold Medal. Other recipients of the medal have included statesman George Washington, boxer Joe Louis, and poet Robert Frost.Ref: 1
2004*SuperBowl XXXVIII in Houston Texas. The New England Patriots defeat the Carolina Panthers 32-29. Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback, wins his second SuperBowl MVP. (XDG, p 12, 2/02/2004)Ref: 83
2004*Mark Francis, an internationally notorious streaker, streaks across the field just before the second half kickoff. He had been disguised as an official prior to the incident. (USA Today, p 1C, 2/03/2004)Ref: 13
2004*During half-time entertainment, Justin Timberlake tears a covering off Janet Jackson's breast. The NFL was not pleased. (USA Today, p 1, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
1709 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island (Fernandez Island) for 5 years, his story is the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe".Ref: 5
1814 Lord Byron's "The Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on the day of publication.Ref: 5
1884 First volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published in Scotland by Sir James Murray.Ref: 5
1887 Henry Wilcox filed a deed for his new ranch he calls "Hollywood". His wife Daeida heard the name on a trip she had recently taken when a fellow passenger described her east coast estate.Ref: 73
1892*Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning the use of the "400" to describe the socially elite.Ref: 5
1893*Thomas Edison and his engineer W. K. Dickson build the first movie studio in New Jersey. It was covered with black tar paper and nicknamed"The Black Mariah" because that was the nickname of police paddy wagons that it resembled. It's debateable how much of the inventing effort was more Dickson than Edison. Edison was only marginally interested in the movie company, at the time he was more concerned with how to extract iron ore from rocks using magnets. Dickson worked himself into the hospital to make the studio work, and later in disgust started experimenting on his own. When Edison found out he fired him and considered him a traitor thereafter.Ref: 73
1893*The opera "Manon Lescaut," by Giacomo Puccini, premiered in Turin, Italy.Ref: 5
1896*Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme" premieres in Turin.Ref: 5
1902 Hermann Sudermanns "Es lebe das Leben" premieres in Berlin.Ref: 5
1904*Enrico Caruso makes first U.S. recording for Victor Company "La Donna e Mobile" from "Rigoletto”. He did ten songs in the session … for $4,000.Ref: 17
1914 Pennsylvania State Board of [motion picture] Censors appointed.Ref: 5
1918*Franz Lehárs opera "Wo die Lerche singt" premieres in Budapest.Ref: 5
1918*Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1922*Walt Disney founds Newman's Laff-O-Grams in Kansas City.Ref: 73
1923 Noël Coward's "Young Idea" premieres in London.Ref: 5
1924 Amsterdam's Netherlands Press Museum opens.Ref: 5
1930*Arnold Schönbergs opera premieres in Frankfurt.Ref: 5
1931 Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" premieres.Ref: 10
1935*First "March of Time" newsreel premieres at the Capitol.Ref: 5
1938*Vin Sullivan, editor of Detective Comics and the proposed Action Comics, returns the daily strips of "Superman" to Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegal with instructions to return them into a comic book format. (Daniels, Les, "Superman", 1998, ISBN 0-8118-2162-5) 
1940*Frank Sinatra sang Too Romantic and The Sky Fell Down in his first recording session with the Tommy Dorsey Band. The session was in Chicago, IL. Frankie replaced Jack Leonard as lead singer with the band.Ref: 4
1941*Downbeat magazine reported this day that Glenn Miller had inked a new three-year contract with RCA Victor Records. The pact guaranteed Miller $750 a side, the fattest record contract signed to that time.Ref: 4
1949*Louis B. Mayer, the Mayer in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), became a millionaire once more. This deal had nothing to do with the movies, though. He sold his breeding farm of race horses for a million dollars.Ref: 4
1949 RCA Victor countered Columbia Records’ 33-1/3 long play phonograph disk with not only a smaller, 7-inch record (with a big hole in the center), but an entire phonograph playing system as well. The newfangled product, the 45-rpm, which started a revolution (especially with the new rock and roll music), soon made the 78-rpm record a blast from the past.Ref: 4
1951*Elizabeth Taylor divorces her first husband Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton Jr.Ref: 24
1952*S[amuel] N[athaniel] Behrman's "Jane" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1953*"General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts.Ref: 5
1953*"You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television.Ref: 5
1953*CBS-TV debuted Private Secretary. Ann Sothern played Susie McNamera, private secretary to NY talent agent, Peter Sands (played by Don Porter). Susie, you will remember, kept trying to improve Peter’s professional -- and personal -- life, screwing it up seriously in the process. The show ran during the regular TV seasons on CBS (last show was September 10, 1957) and ran on NBC-TV in the summers of 1953 and 1954.Ref: 4
1954*A television classic was born on CBS-TV, as "The Secret Storm" was shown for the first time.Ref: 4
1962*"New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances.Ref: 5
1964*Indiana Governor Mathew Walsh tries to ban "Louie Louie" for obscenity.Ref: 5
1964*Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" first #1 hit & stays #1 for 7 weeks.Ref: 5
1964*"Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances.Ref: 5
1965*Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news.Ref: 5
1969*Jim Morrison arrested for exposing himself in concert.Ref: 5
1971*The soundtrack album from the movie, Love Story, starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, with music by Frances Lai, was certified as a gold record on this day.Ref: 4
1972*Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK.Ref: 5
1974*"Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV.Ref: 5
1975*"Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances.Ref: 5
1975*"Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65.Ref: 5
1976*"Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV.Ref: 5
1976*Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce.Ref: 5
1980*Soap opera "Love of Life" ends a 28 year run.Ref: 5
1980 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System.Ref: 5
1981*Duke Ellington-musical "Sophisticated Ladies" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1982*"Late Night with David Letterman" premiers on NBC TV.Ref: 70
1986*Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland.Ref: 5
1989*L'Oreal/Nestle company shuts down Filmation Studios in Canoga Park, the last L.A. Saturday morning animation studio doing all its work in town.Ref: 73
1992*"Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances.Ref: 5
1995*Belgium's TV channel VT4 goes on the air.Ref: 5
1998*"Street Corner Symphony" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 79 performances.Ref: 5
2002*Actress Winona Rider is charged with four felony counts stemming from her shoplifting arrest at a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, CA the previous December. (Ryder was later convicted of felony grand theft and vandalism and given three years probation.) (XDG, p 4A, 2/1/2003)Ref: 83
2002*The Chicago Sun-Times reports it has anonymously received and turned over to Chicago police a videotape of R&B singer R Kelly having sex with an underage girl. The 27-minute tape will soon turn up on the internet. (USA Today, p 11D, 1/24/2003)Ref: 13
2004*Singer/songwriter Danny Ray of Nashville TN, formerly of Xenia OH, returns to Xenia to sing at New Hope Christian Church. (XDG, p 6A, 1/31/2004)Ref: 83
1552*Sir Edward Coke, English jurist who helped the development of English law with his arguments for the supremacy of common law over royal prerogative, is born.Ref: 2
1603*Michael Trumper composer, is born.Ref: 5
1605*Isaac Aboab de Fonseca Portuguese/Netherlands rabbi/mystic, is born.Ref: 5
1633*Gabriel Schutz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1659*Jacob Roggeveen Dutch Swiss lawyer/navigator (Easter Island), is born.Ref: 5
1669*Miguel Lopez composer, is born.Ref: 5
1690*Francesco Maria Veracini Italian opera composer, is born.Ref: 5
1710*Konrad E Ackermann German actor (Die Oberpfalz), is born.Ref: 5
1757*John P Kemble England, actor/director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), is born.Ref: 5
1763*Thomas Campbell founder (Church of Disciples in America), is born.Ref: 5
1789*Hippolyte-André-Baptiste Chelard composer, is born.Ref: 5
1791*Charles J Sax Belgian music instrument builder, is born.Ref: 5
1801*Thomas Cole US, romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School), is born.Ref: 5
1801*Adolf Fredrik Lindblad composer, is born.Ref: 5
1805*Auguste Blanqui France, revolutionary (workers' leader), is born.Ref: 5
1807*Henri Klimrath French lawyer (Mémoire sur lesson Olim), is born.Ref: 5
1807*William Bowen Campbell Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1867, is born.Ref: 5
1810*Charles Lenox Remond Salem MA, famous black, is born.Ref: 5
1819*Henry Lawrence Eustis Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1885, is born.Ref: 5
1821*Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg composer, is born.Ref: 5
1827*Alphonse de Rothschild French banker, is born.Ref: 5
1829*John Potts Slough Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1867, is born.Ref: 5
1833*Henry McNeal Turner black methodist bishop, is born.Ref: 5
1838*Joseph Keppler, Austria bn. American caricaturist and magazine founder, is born.Ref: 70
1839*James A Herne [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak), is born.Ref: 5
1841*William H H Davenport Buffalo, stage medium, is born.Ref: 5
1844*Granville Stanley Hall US, psychologist, is born.Ref: 5
1844*Eduard Adolf Strasburger German botanist (Angiospermen), is born.Ref: 5
1848*Adhémar Esmein French lawyer, is born.Ref: 5
1859*Victor Herbert cellist, conductor: Pittsburgh Symphony; composer: operettas: Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta; songs: Ah Sweet Mystery of Life [At Last I’ve Found You]; is born in Dublin Ireland.Ref: 5
1869*Johannes F "Frits" Bakker Sr actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap), is born.Ref: 5
1872*Paul Fort French poet/founder of Vers et Prose, is born.Ref: 5
1873*Clara Butt Southwick Sussex, contralto (Country of Hope & Glory), is born.Ref: 5
1873 Fedor Chaliapin is born.Ref: 10
1874*Hugo von Hofmannsthal Austria, poet/dramatist/essayist, is born.Ref: 5
1875*Eddie Pola composer (Lullabye of Broadway), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Thomas Frederick Dunhill composer, is born.Ref: 5
1878*Hattie Wyatt Caraway, politician/teacher/1st woman elected to senate, is born.Ref: 5
1879*Sydney Baynes composer, is born.Ref: 5
1880*Antonio Guarnieri composer, is born.Ref: 5
1880*Francesco Balilla Pratella composer, is born.Ref: 5
1881*Jose Ignacio Quinton composer, is born.Ref: 5
1882*Louis St Laurent Compton Québec Canada, (L) 12th Canadian PM (1948-57), is born.Ref: 5
1883*Jevgeni B Vachtangov Armenian/Russian actor/director (Eric XIV), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Yevgeny Zamyatin Russia, novelist/playwright (We), is born.Ref: 5
1885*Camille Chautemps premier France, is born.Ref: 5
1887*Dirk Roosenburg Dutch architect, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Gertrude Caton-Thompson British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, Southern Arabia), is born.Ref: 5
1891*James Price Johnson composer, is born.Ref: 5
1892*K Rudolf Mengelberg composer/musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall), is born.Ref: 5
1895*John Ford (Sean Aloysius O’Feeney) Academy Award-winning director: The Informer [1935], The Grapes of Wrath [1940], How Green Was My Valley [1941], The Quiet Man [1952]; is born in Maine.Ref: 4
1896*Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza General/President of Nicaragua (1937-56), is born.Ref: 5
1897*Denise Robins London, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Stephen Potter humorist/writer (School for Scoundrels, Shipbuilders), is born.Ref: 5
1901*(William) Clark Gable, Cadiz OH, actor (Gone With the Wind), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Langston Hughes poet/translator (The Weary Blues), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Carlo Borbolla composer, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Georg Rendl Austria miner/bee-keeper/writer (The Bees Novel), is born.Ref: 5
1904*S.J. (Sidney Joseph) Perelman humorist, writer, Academy Award-winning screenwriter: Around the World in 80 Days [1956]; Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, One Touch of Venus, Strictly from Hunger, Westward Ha!, Around the World in 80 Clichés; is born.Ref: 4
1905*George Pal, animator and director, born. Best remembered for his "Puppetoon" creations and films like "The Time Machine".Ref: 73
1905*Emilio Segre, Italian-bn. American physicist, is born.Ref: 70
1905*Ernst Carl Gerlach Stueckelberg, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Hildegarde Adell WI, night club singer (I'll Be Seeing You), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Pierre Cardevielle French composer/conductor (Amants Captifs), is born.Ref: 5
1907*John Canaday art critic (Metropolitan Museum of Art Portfolios), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Alan Strode Campbell Ross professor (coined the terms U & non-U), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Camargo Guarnieri Brazil, composer/conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Günter Eich German literary (Underground Highway, Girls of Viterbo), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Mozart Camargo Guarnieri composer, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Sándor Veress Hungarian pianist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Albie Booth collegiate Hall of Fame football star (Yale), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Edward Staempfli composer, is born.Ref: 5
1908*George Pal Hungarian/US director (When Worlds Collide, Puppetoons), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Douglas Hall Governor (Somaliland Protectorate), is born.Ref: 5
1909*Helen Chandler Charleston SC, actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Michael Kanin Rochester NY, director/writer/actor (Woman of the Year), is born.Ref: 5
1910*H Stanley Cayzer, is born.Ref: 5
1913*Jeffrey Kindersley Quill Test pilot, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Hans Zülig, Swiss dancer, is born.Ref: 5
1915*Sir Stanley Matthews first British soccer player to be knighted, is born.Ref: 5
1916*Gordon Hobday Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire), is born.Ref: 5
1918 Maurice Laing life president (John Laing), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Muriel Spark Edinburgh Scotland, novelist (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), is born.Ref: 17
1920*Pierre Jonquéres d'Oriola France, equestrian jumper (Olympics-gold-1952, 64), is born.Ref: 5
1920 Kenneth Bond former vice-chairman, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Peter Sallis actor (Taste the Blood of Dracula), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski professor of Cushtic Languages, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Renata (Ersilia Clotilde) Tebaldi operatic diva, lyric soprano: debuted as Elena in Boito's Mefistofele [1944]; debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in Verdi's Otello [1955], is born.Ref: 4
1926*Douglas Johnson historian, is born.Ref: 5
1926 Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey, is born.Ref: 5
1926*Stuart (Maxwell) Whitman, San Francisco CA, actor (Captain Apache, Ransom, Cimarron Strip, Revenge), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Galway Kinnell Providence RI, author (Body Rags, Book of Nightmares), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Peter Gordon Dorrell archaeologist/photographer, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Sam Edwards physicist, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Thomas Eric Evans dean (St Paul's), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Tom Lantos (Representative-D-CA, 1981- ), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Ursula Mamlok composer, is born.Ref: 5
1930*Peter Tapsell British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Boris Yeltsin, Ural Mountains USSR, president of Russian SSR, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Madeline Berthod Switzerland, downhill skier (Olympics-gold-1956), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Barrel [ABM] Frinking, teacher/Dutch MP (CVP), is born.Ref: 5
1931 Mark Richmond CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council), is born.Ref: 5
1931 Ton [ABM] Frinking Dutch MP (CDA), is born.Ref: 5
1932*John Hart Denver CO, newsman (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), is born.Ref: 5
1932*John Nott British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Reynolds Price US writer (Strengthened by a Pale Green Light), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Bob Shane singer: group: The Kingston Trio: Tom Dooley, M.T.A., Greenback Dollar, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, is born.Ref: 4
1935*Ruth Clarke Moderator (General Assembly of the United Reform Church), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Vladimir Viktorovich Aksyonov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 22, T-2), is born.Ref: 5
1936*G H Blake Principal (Collingwood College, Durham University), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Don Everly Brownie KY, singer (Everly Brothers-Wake Up Little Susie), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Ray Sawyer [Dr Hook] Alabama, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Garrett Morris New Orleans LA, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live, Martin, Carwash), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Sherman Hemsley Philadelphia PA, actor (All in the Family, Jeffersons, Amen), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Jimmy Carl Black rocker (Mothers Of Invention), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Jacky Cupit golf: Canadian Open champ [1961], Western Open champ [1962], US Open runnerup [1963], is born.Ref: 4
1939*Del McCoury bluegrass singer/musician, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Paul E Gillmor (Representative-R-OH), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Ray Sawyer rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Herve Filion sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Bibi Besch Vienna Austria, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Anatoliy Firssov USSR, ice hockey play (Olympics-gold-1964, 68, 72), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Franco Nones Italy, 30K cross country skier (Olympics-gold-1968), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Robert Walmsley British Vice-Admiral, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Bibi Besch Vienna Austria, actress (Star Trek 2, The Beast Within), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Terry Jones Colwyn Bay North Wales, actor/comedian (Monty Python), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Wayne Rivers hockey: NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, SL Blues, NY RangersRef: 4
1943*Tina Sloan New York, actress (Lillian-Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Josceline Dimbleby cookery writer, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Lord Mountevans, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Leo Burmester Louisville KY, actor (Flo, Chiefs, The Abyss, Odd Jobs), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Tommy Duffy rocker (Echos), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Paul (L. D.) Blair baseball: Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969-1971/all-star: 1969, 1973], NY Yankees [World Series: 1977, 1978], Cincinnati Reds, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Dick Snyder ‘Duck’: basketball: Seattle SuperSonics, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Ole Buck composer, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Bert Braverman Los Angeles CA, actor (Bobby-Vega$, Roy-New Odd Couple), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Adam Ingram British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Terry Hibbitt soccer star, is born.Ref: 5
1948 Jennifer Adams superintendent (Central Royal Parks), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Debbie Austin golf: seven LPGA tour victories, ranked among top 30 LPGA all-time career money list at the time of her retirement, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Jimmy Lee Thorpe Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Dave Thompson football: Clemson Univ. [all-American: 1970]; Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Andrew Smith British MP, is born.Ref: 5
1951*Brandis Kemp Palo Alto CA, actress/comedienne (Fridays), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Rick James [James Johnson], rock/soul/funk vocalist (Super Freak), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Andy Mill skier/husband of Chris Evert, is born.Ref: 5
1953*C A Barnett headmaster (Whitgift School), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Mike Campbell guitarist (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers-Breakdown), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Bill Mumy actor: Palm Springs Weekend, Twilight Zone-The Movie, Lost in Space, The Rockford Files, Sunshine, Babylon 5, is born in California.Ref: 4
1955*Actress Margaux Hemingway is born.Ref: 4
1955 Kate Ashbrook General Secretary (Open Spaces Society), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Donna Adamek Duarte CA, bowler (BWAA Woman of Year 1978-81), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Maureen Madill Coleraine Northern Ireland, golfer (British Open Amateur 1979), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Anthony LaPaglia Adelaide South Australia, actor (Murder One, Criminal Justice, Betsy's Wedding), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Carolyn Hill Santa Monica CA, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Mike Horan NFL punter (New York Giants), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Wade Wilson NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Daniel M Tani Ridley Park MD, astronaut, is born.Ref: 5
1961*Gabrielle Carteris Phoenix AZ, actress (Beverly Hills 90210), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Gina Hull Jacksonville FL, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Jani Lane rocker (Warrant-Cherry Pie), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Dwayne Rudolph Goettel musician, is born.Ref: 5
1964*Kaitlin Hopkins New York NY, actress (Kelsey-Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Sharon Bruneau Toronto Ontario, actress (Sensuous Muscle), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Brandon Lee, Emerson CO, actor (Showdown in Little Tokyo), son of Bruce Lee, is born.Ref: 5
1965*Sherilyn Fenn (Sheryl Ann Fenn), Detroit MI, actress (2 Moon Junction, Twin Peaks), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Stephanie Marie Elisabeth de Grimaldi Monte Carlo Monaco, Princess, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Donna Edmondson Greensboro NC, playmate of the year (November 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Eddie Zambrano Venezuelan/US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Michelle Akers Santa Clara CA, soccer forward (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Michelle Akers Santa Clara CA, soccer forward (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Laura E Dern Los Angeles CA, actress (Blue Velvet, Mask, Smooth Talk), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Tim Naehring Cincinnati OH, infielder (Boston Red Sox), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Elvis Presley celebrated the birth of his daughter, Lisa Marie.Ref: 4
1968*George Quigley Jr Cincinnati OH, skeet (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Javier Sanchez Spain, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1968*Kent Mercker Dublin OH, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Mark Recchi Kamloops, NHL right wing (Montréal Canadiens), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Pauly Shore Hollywood, comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Sean Millington CFL fullback (British Columbia Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Bryan Jacob Palatka FL, 59 kg (130 lbs) weightlifter (Olympics-1992, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1969*John Moore Australian baseball catcher (Olympics-1996), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Eric Mobley NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Malik Sealy NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Derek Byrd NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Robert O'Neal WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Tommy Salo Surahammar Sweden, NHL goalie (Team Sweden, New York Islanders), is born.Ref: 5
1972*[Thomas] Carlton Bruner US, 1500 meter freestyle swimmer (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Brian Krause actor (December, Sleepwalkers, Return to Blue Lagoon), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Geoff Sanderson Hay River, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Richard Becker Aurora IL, outfielder (Minnesota Twin), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Andrew DeClercq NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Elena Makarova Moscow Russia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Val), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Michael Joyce Santa Monica CA, tennis star (1989 USTA National Boys' 18), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Tlia Reima ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics-98), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Jennifer Lien actress (Hannah Moore-Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Lisa Marie Scott Pensacola FL, playmate (February 1994), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Randy Josselyn Los Angeles CA, actor (Fever Lake, Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Walter McCarty NBA forward (Boston Celtics), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Martijn Reuser Dutch soccer player (Ajax), is born.Ref: 5
1980*Courtney Hamilton Miss Arizona Teen-USA (1996)Ref: 5
656*Sigebert III king of Austrasia, dies at about 25.Ref: 5
1204*Alexius IV Angelus regent of Byzantium (1203-04), murdered.Ref: 5
1248*Hendrik II duke of Brabant (1235-48), dies.Ref: 5
1294*Louis II the Stern, ruler of Upper-Bayern, dies.Ref: 5
1328*On the death of Charles IV (the Handsome, King of France (1322-28), the next rightful claimant to the throne was up for grabs as there was no male heir. Isabella, the sister of Charles had married Edward II 513 and their son Edward III 580 , had just taken on the rule of England. Isabella put in a claim for her son, but in France the first cousin of Charles was chosen. He was Philip of Valois, the grandson of Philip III of France.Ref: 5
1502*Olivier de la Marche Flemish writer/poet/governor, dies.Ref: 5
1542 Hieronymus Aleander [Girólamo Aleandro], Italian diplomat, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1666*Sjihab al-Din Sultan C Shah Djahan mogol of India (Taj-Mahal), dies.Ref: 5
1669*Abandoned child, Huygens friend, poet, Catharina Questiers, buried at 31.Ref: 5
1691*Alexander VIII [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian Pope (1689-91), dies at 80.Ref: 5
1691*George Etherege English stage writer (Love in a Tub), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1694*John L baron van Elderen 63rd bishop of Liege (1688-94), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1733*August II the Strong, King of Poland (355 children), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1743*Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni Italian composer, dies at 85.Ref: 5
1747 Jacobus E J Capitein Dutch slave/vicar/merchant, dies.Ref: 5
1795*Giacomo Insanguine composer, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1814*Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200.Ref: 5
1818*Giuseppi Gazzaniga composer, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1824*Maria Theresia von Paradis composer, dies at 64.Ref: 5
1832 Ecco Epkema Dutch classic linguist (Frisian/Old Frisian), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1838*Abraham de Veer Dutch Governor-General of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1839*Giuseppe Valadier Italian architect/archaeologist, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1850*Edward Baker "Eddie" Lincoln, second child of Mary and Abraham Lincoln, dies in his family home in Springfield, Illinois, at age 3 years, 10 months, after a long illness. (Ref) 
1851*Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, novelist (Frankenstein), dies at 53.Ref: 5
1869*David Clinton Munglod of New Jasper Twp, age 1, dies of scarlet fever, is the first recorded death in Greene County OH.Ref: 56
1869*Frederik W Conrad hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1871*Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov composer, dies at 51.Ref: 5
1873*Matthew Maury hydrographer, dies.Ref: 5
1875*Sir William Sterndale Bennett, English pianist, conductor and composer, dies at age 58.Ref: 5
1877*Joseph-Leon Gatayes composer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1878*George Cruikshank English illustrator (Grimm), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1880*Sir Dominic Corrigan, Irish physician and author, dies at age 77.Ref: 70
1883*Pavel Melnikov Russian historian/author, dies.Ref: 5
1889*Joseph Gungl composer, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1902*Salomon Jaoassohn composer, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1903*George G Stokes British physicist/presidential Royal Society, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1904*Peter PM Alberdingk Thijm Dutch historian/writer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1905*Oswald Aschenbach German painter, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1906*English Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Grey's wife Dorothy fatally injured.Ref: 5
1908*At a public square in Lisbon, Portugal, revolutionaries assassinate King Carlos I of Portugal (1889-1908) and his eldest son.Ref: 3
1910*Otto Julius Bierbaum German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), dies at 44.Ref: 5
1916*Anton Simon composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1922*William Desmond Taylor director/actor (Broken Coin), dies at 49.Ref: 5
1924*Maurice Prendergas, American-born Canadian painter, dies at age 64.Ref: 5
1929*August Otto Halm composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1937*Marguerite Audoux writer, dies.Ref: 5
1944*Piet Mondrian, Dutch abstract art painter, dies at age 71.Ref: 70
1944*Martin Lunssens composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1945*Johan Huizinga Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1946*Hans Betghe writer, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1949*Herbert Stothart composer, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1950*Harry Blomberg Swedish author (Jacobs Dröm), dies at 56.Ref: 5
1953*Flooding in Netherlands, kills 1,835.Ref: 5
1954 Julius P Hoste Belgian minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1957*Friedrich von Paulus German field marshal (Stalingrad), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1958*Clinton Joseph Davisson dies.Ref: 5
1959*Willie Hoppe, Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer: 18.1 balkline [1906, 1908, 1909-1911, 1914-1926, 1927]; 18.2 balkline [1907, 1910-1920, 1923-24, 1927]; three-cushion [1936, 1940-44, 1947- 52]; dies.Ref: 17
1959*Madame Sul-To-Wan [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1966*Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1966*Nicholas Piantanida sets balloon flight record & dies in descent.Ref: 5
1966*Buster Keaton [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1966*William Harrigan actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1967*Langston Hughes poet/translator (Weary Blues), dies on 65th birthday.Ref: 5
1967*Severe brush fires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & 60 lives.Ref: 5
1968*Lawson Little amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934, 35), dies at 57.Ref: 5
1970*Stalled commuter train rammed by express in Argentina, 139 die.Ref: 5
1970*Blaz Arnic composer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1974*Lynda Ann Healy first Bundy murder victim, abducted in Seattle.Ref: 5
1974*Marieluise Fleißer writer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1975*Richard Wattis actor (Dick & the Duchess, Liberace), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1976*Werner C Heisenberg, German physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory, uncertainty principle), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1976*Edgar Pangborn sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1977*Edmond [Moore] Hamilton US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1977*Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives.Ref: 5
1979*Mort Marshall actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1980*Jack Bailey TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1980*Romolo Valli actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1981*Donald W Douglas US aviation pionieer/builder, founded Douglas Aircraft Company, dies at age 88.Ref: 5
1981*Ernst Pepping composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1981*Nils Geirr Tveitt composer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1981*(Dixie) Wanda Hendrix actress: My Outlaw Brother, The Admiral Was a Lady, Welcome Stranger; dies.Ref: 5
1983 Tullio Campagnolo Italian bicycle manufacturer, dies.Ref: 5
1986 Two days of anti-government riots in Port-au-Prince result in 14 dead.Ref: 2
1986*Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58.Ref: 5
1986*Alva Myrdal, Swedish diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982), dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1987*Erin Westmore makeup artist (Hollywood Backstage), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1988*Heather O'Rourke "Poltergeist" star dies of intestinal ailment at 12.Ref: 5
1988 Reinder Zwolsman Dutch businessman, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1989*Elaine de Kooning, American painter, teacher and art critic, dies at age 68.Ref: 70
1991*US Air & Skywest Fairchild commuter jet collide at Los Angeles Airport killing 32.Ref: 5
1991*Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die.Ref: 5
1991*Carol Dempster actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89.Ref: 5
1991 H J van Ommeren-Averink Dutch MP (CPN), dies.Ref: 5
1991*James G MacDonald cartoon voice (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84.Ref: 5
1991*Phil Watson NHL coach (New York Rangers), dies.Ref: 5
1992*Irving Kaufman judge: first amendment, civil rights, antitrust cases: US vs. N.Y. Times, Taylor vs. Board of Education; sentenced Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to death for espionage; dies at age 81.Ref: 4
1992*George Berkeley actor (Life Stinks, Captains & the Kings), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1994*Fouad Fram al-Boustani Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1994*Olan Soule radio voice (Super Friends), dies of lung cancer at 83.Ref: 5
1995*George Abbot director (Damn Yankees), dies at 107.Ref: 5
1995 John Smith CEO (Liverpool FC), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1995 Michael Caesar pope of pot, dies of liver cancer at 52.Ref: 5
1996*Clive Burton neuropathologist, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1997*Herb Caen columnist, dies of lung cancer at 80.Ref: 5
1997*Mitchell Goodman writer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1997*Peter Morris historian of France, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1997*Thelma Moss psychologist, dies at 78Ref: 5
1997*Marjorie Reynolds (Goodspeed) actress: Gone with the Wind, The Time of Their Lives, Doomed to Die, dies.Ref: 4
2002*Hildegard Knef actress: The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Three Penny Opera, Svengali, Bluebeard, dies.Ref: 4
2003*Mongo (Ramon) Santamaria bandleader, composer, musician: conga drums: Afro Blue, Watermelon Man; appeared in film: Made in Paris; played with Perez Prado and Tito Puente; dies.Ref: 4
2003*(Columbia Shuttle) The space shuttle Columbia disintegrates above Texas on landing; seven astronauts are killed. (USA Today, p 3A, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
2003*(Columbia Shuttle) Retired Navy admiral Harold Gehman is asked to lead a panel to investigate the cause of the shuttle accident. (USA Today, p 3A, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
2003*(Columbia Shuttle) Within hours of the Columbia accident, a shuttle official says NASA will study whether a piece of foam insulation that broke off the shuttle's external fuel tank and hit the left wing during liftoff might be the cause. (USA Today, p 3A, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13
2004*At least 244 people die in a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holy sites in Saudi Arabia. (USA Today, p 6A, 2/02/2004)Ref: 13

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