Lost and Found – February 1st Edition

What to remember about February 1st…

  • 1790  Supreme Court of the United states meets for 1st time; 6 Justices gather in New York with John Jay presiding as Chief Justice
  • 1861  Texas secedes from the Union as Civil War approaches; Governor Sam Houston opposes and predicts defeat for the South
  • 1862  American  abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe has her work “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” published
  • 1942  Voice of America begins live transmissions into Axis territory
  • 1948  President Truman signs bill establishing February 1 as National Freedom Day; honors signing of 13th Amendment by President Lincoln
  • 1960  4 African-American college students begin sit-in at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C. when they are refused service at “white’s only” counter
  • 1978  French film director Roman Polanski flees U.S. after pleading guilty in drugging and sexual assault of 13-year old girl; Switzerland refuses to extradite
  • 1979  Debutant bank robber Patty Hearst is released after President Carter commutes her sentence; she will later be pardoned by President Clinton
  • 1979  Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • 2003  Space Shuttle Columbia breaks up while reentering Earth’s atmosphere; all 7 crew are lost – Husband, McCool, Anderson, Brown, Chawla, Clark, Ramon

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