Today’s the 4th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, but I covered that a few days ago. Here’s some other, less-depressing stuff that happened on February 1:
The Chinese seized Taiwan in 1662.
The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in 1790.
France declared war on the U.K. in 1793.
Texas seceded from the U.S. in 1861, becoming an independent state, joining the Confederacy a month later. Texas was sadly readmitted to the Union nine years later, on March 30, 1870.
Thomas Edison completed construction on the world’s first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey in 1893.
Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams
snapped this happy little pic in Saigon in 1968:
Roman Polanski jumped bail and hightailed it to France to avoid being arrested on child sex charges in 1978.
Justin Timberlake “exposed” Janet Jackson’s breast during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004, giving thousands of hypersensitive American Christians yet another meaningless cultural event to get indignant about.
And in 2005, Canada, behaving like the country we say we are, officially recognized same-sex marriage. Good for you, Canada.