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Today in History

On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about sit-in protests.

On Feb. 1 , 1902, Langston Hughes , the American poet and prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance , was born. Following his death on May 22 , 1967, his obituary appeared in The NYTimes.

1861 Texas voted to secede from the Union.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about Texas' time as an independent nation.

1893 Inventor Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, N.J.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about the "Black Mariah."

1896 Puccini's opera ''La Boheme'' premiered in Turin, Italy.

1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established.

1946 Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.

1968 During the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief, Nguyen Ngoc Loan, executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.
For Extra Credit: Search online for the infamous picture of this event. Print it and the associated story to bring in.

1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.

1979 Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, whose prison sentence for bank robbery had been commuted by President Jimmy Carter, left a federal prison near San Francisco.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about Patty Hearst

1982 ''Late Night with David Letterman'' premiered on NBC.

1991 A USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport, killing 35 people.

1994 Jeff Gillooly pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to taking part in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about Tonya Harding

1999 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about the impeachment process.

2003 The space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven crew members.

2004 Singer Janet Jackson's breast was exposed during the Super Bowl halftime show, resulting in a $550,000 fine against CBS' parent company, Viacom, which is appealing the penalty.
For Extra Credit: Learn more about the FCC's crackdown on TV in the aftermath of "Nipplegate."

2005 Pope John Paul II was hospitalized for breathing problems and the flu.

* Today's Web Pick *
Gateway to African-American History
February is Black History Month. This site from the U.S. Office of International Information provides a collection of documents, articles, and other resources devoted to African American history.

* Mystery Person of the Day *
Who am I? I was born on this day in 1902. My writing was first discovered in 1925 when I was working as a busboy and left three of my poems beside the plate of poet Vachel Lindsay.
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