This day in history

Friday, Feb. 1, is the 32d day of 2013. There are 333 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Don Everly is 76. Actor Garrett Morris is 76. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 74. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 63. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 62. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 48. Lisa Marie Presley is 45. Comedian-actor Pauly Shore is 45. Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 38. TV personality Lauren Conrad is 27.

In 1790, the US Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York.


In 1861, Texas voted to leave the Union at a Secession Convention in Austin.

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In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they’d been refused service.

In 1968, during the Vietnam War, South Vietnam’s police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. Richard M. Nixon announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

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

In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry, killing all seven of its crew members.