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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, February  01, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven crew members.
Audio LinkPresident George W. Bush: the Columbia is lost
 
AP Photo/Jason Hutchinson
On this date in:
1861Texas voted to secede from the Union.
1862"The Battle Hymn of the Republic," a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly.
1896Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin, Italy.
1920The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established.
1946Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
1960Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.
1968During the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief, Nguyen Ngoc Loan, executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.
AP Photo/Eddie Adams
1979Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.
1982"Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC.
1999Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a vidotaped deposition for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton.
2004Singer Janet Jackson's breast was briefly exposed during the Super Bowl halftime show.
2009The Pittsburgh Steelers won their record sixth Super Bowl with a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
2011Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he would not run for a new term but rejected protesters' demands he step down immediately.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor ("Dexter") turns 44 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
NameProfessionAge
Bob ShaneSinger (The Kingston Trio)81
Don EverlySinger78
Garrett MorrisActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")78
Joy PhilbinTV personality74
Terry JonesActor, writer (Monty Python)73
Mike EnziU.S. senator, R-Wyo.71
Bill MumyActor, writer ("Lost in Space")61
Linus RoacheActor ("Law and Order")51
Princess StephanieMember of Monaco's royal family50
Sherilyn FennActress50
Lisa Marie PresleyRock singer, daughter of Elvis Presley47
Pauly ShoreActor, comedian47
Big BoiRapper (Outkast)40
Lauren ConradReality TV personality ("The Hills")29
Harry StylesSinger (One Direction)21
Actress-dancer ("Glee") turns 28 years old today.
AP Photo/Jordan Strauss