On This Day in History, February 01

National Freedom Day is observed on this date, to celebrate freedom from slavery. If your Black History knowledge is top-notch, you may be aware of how this day came to be. We have come up with a list of events that happened on this day in history to help you stay informed.

  • 1884 – The first fascicle of the “Oxford English Dictionary” was published.
  • 1923 – Fascists Voluntary Militia formed in Italy under Mussolini.
  • 1923 – Ramsay MacDonald’s incoming Labor government formally recognized the Soviet Union.
  • 1942 – Second Norwegian government of Vidkun Quisling was formed.
  • 1947 – Dmitri Shostakovich was named professor at the conservatoire of Leningrad.
  • 1960 – Four black students start the Greensboro sit-ins; they refused to leave a “whites only” lunch counter. Thus, became a milestone in the fight against racial segregation in the United States.
  • 1961 – British minister Enoch Powell made medical insurance more expensive.
  • 1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. and 700 demonstrators were arrested in Selma, Alabama.
  • 1968 – Former US VP Richard Nixon announced his candidacy for president.
  • 1976 – Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite the real-life divorce.
  • 1978 – Harriet Tubman was the 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp.
  • 1978 – Director Roman Polanski skipped bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
  • 1979 – Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years in exile.
  • 1987 – Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Fine Things” was published.
  • 1992 – President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin met at Camp David1
  • 2004 -Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.
  •  2006 – Economist Ben Bernanke became the chairman of the US Federal Reserve.
  •  2013 – John Kerry succeeded Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State.
  •  2014 – Janet Yellen became the Chair of the US Federal Reserve.
  • 2016 – Lowa Caucuses: Republican Ted Cruz defeated Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders.

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