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This Day in History: Feb. 1

This Day in History

1790: The U.S. Supreme Court meets for the first time.
1793: During the French Revolution , the revolutionary government declares war on Great Britain and the United Netherlands.
1865: Pres. Abraham Lincoln approves the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery .
1893: Thomas Edison completes the first moving picture studio, in West Orange, NJ.
1958: The United Arab Republic (UAR), a federation of Egypt and Syria, is formed.
1960: Sit-ins begin when 4 African-American college students in Greensboro, NC, refuse to move from a Woolworth lunch counter after being denied service.
1996: Congress approves a sweeping revision of U.S. communications laws.
2000: Sen. John McCain (AZ) wins the New Hampshire primary on the Republican side, while Vice Pres. Al Gore wins the Democratic contest.
2003: The oldest U.S. space shuttle, Columbia, breaks apart re-entering Earth's atmosphere at the end of a 16-day scientific mission, killing its seven crew members.
2004: More than 100 people die when suicide bombers attack the offices of the two leading Iraqi Kurdish political parties in Erbil.

Today's Birthdays

1859: Victor Herbert, composer/conductor/cellist (Ireland; died 1924)
1878: Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Arkansas senator who was the first woman elected to the Senate (Bakersville, TN; died 1950)
1895: John Ford, director (Cape Elizabeth, ME; died 1973)
1901: Clark Gable, actor (Cadiz, OH; died 1960)
1902: Langston Hughes, poet (Joplin, MO; died 1967)
1918: Muriel Spark, novelist (Edinburgh, Scotland)
1926: Stuart Whitman, actor (San Francisco, CA)
1931: Boris Yeltsin, former Russian president (Sverdlovsk, Russia)
1937: Don Everly, singer/musician (Brownie, KY). Garrett Morris, comedian (New Orleans, LA):
1938: Sherman Helmsley, actor (Philadelphia, PA)
1967: Laura Dern, actress (Santa Monica, CA)
1968: Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley and ex-wife of Michael Jackson (Memphis, TN)
1970: Pauly Shore, actor (Los Angeles, CA)

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