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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Born

  • Thomas Cole (painter) –
  • Victor Herbert (cellist) –
  • Louis Stephen St. Laurent (Canadian Prime Minister) –
  • Clark Gable (actor) –
  • Langston Hughes (poet) –
  • John Hart (broadcast journalist) –
  • Don Everly (musician) –
  • Sherman Hemsley (actor) –
  • Rick James (singer) –
  • Princess StΓ©phanie of Monaco –
  • Brandon Lee (actor) –
  • Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley) –
  • Lee Thompson Young (actor) –

Died

  • Mary Shelley (author) –
  • Buster Keaton (actor) –
  • Heather O'Rourke (actress) –
  • Don Cornelius (creator of Soul Train) –
  • Edward Ed" Koch" (former mayor of New York City) –

Events

  • Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, was found on an island where he had been stranded for over 4 years. His experience was the basis for Daniel DeFoe’s novel, Robinson Crusoe–
  • First U.S. dental dispensary opened, New York City–
  • The first dental college was incorporated, Baltimore, Maryland–
  • Texas seceded from the Union–
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, a poem written by Julia Ward Howe, was published in Atlantic Monthly–
  • Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary” was published”–
  • First automobile insurance policy issued–
  • First U.S. Marine Division activated–
  • Gordon Matthews received a patent for voice message exchange” system (better known as voicemail)”–
  • Space shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry, killing all seven astronauts onboard –
  • New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady became the youngest quarterback to lead his team to two Super Bowl victories–
  • During Super Bowl XLIII, Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison intercepted a pass on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest play in Super Bowl history–

Weather

  • Forty-five degrees below zero F in Pittsburg, New Hampshire–
  • The greatest ice storm of record in the United States produced a layer of ice up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania, causing 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million worth of damage. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week to ten days.–
  • -50 degrees F, Gavilan, New Mexico–
  • A high temperature of 50 degrees F was reported in Burlington, Vermont–

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