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This Day in History: February 1

February 1: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1709 - Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
  2. 1790 - In New York City, the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time.
  3. 1884 - The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  4. 1960 - Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter inGreensboro, North Carolina.
  5. 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Leila Denmark (American pediatrician), Clark Gable (American actor), Langston Hughes (American poet and author), Emilio G. Segrè (Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Daniel M. Tani (American engineer and astronaut)

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