On This Day In History, 1 February

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World Events Today

  • Queen Elizabeth I of England, signed the death warrant for her cousin Mary Queen of Scots today in 1587
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia, which had been in operation for over 22 years, disintegrated during re-entry today in 2003, it was on its 28th mission
  • Economist Ben Bernanke, took over from Alan Greenspan as chairman of the US Federal Reserve today in 2006

Entertainment Events Today

  • La Bohème, the opera composed by Giacomo Puccini, premiered today in 1896 in Turin, Italy
  • Late Night With David Letterman, was aired for the first time today in 1982 on the NBC network, the first guest was the American actor Bill Murray
  • In the half time show of the 38th Super Bowl today in 2004, during her performance with Justin Timberlake, one of Janet Jackson’s breasts was temporarily exposed

Family Events Today

  • The English footballer Sir Stanley Matthews, the first ever footballer to receive a knighthood, was born today in 1915 in Stoke-On-Trent
  • The Russian politician Boris Yeltsin, who served as the first president of the country from 1991 to 1999, was born today in 1931
  • Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of the singer and actor, Elvis Presley, and the actress, Priscilla Presley, was born today in 1968 in Memphis

Main Event Today

  • The American journalist Eddie Adams, caught on photograph, the infamous execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lém, today in 1968

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Baked Alaska Day

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