please enjoy your travel through time on the 1st day of February, with interesting events, births and deaths on this day in history

1st February History Timeline

1814 : Mayon Volcano erupted in the Philippines, burying a small town in ash, and killing about 1,200 people. Video : Spectacular time-lapse of Mayon volcano eruptions, including recent eruptions in 2018, which displaced more than 61,000 people, after two eruptions of lava sent 700 meters and ash 5 kilometers up in the air. This is the most volatile of the Philippines’ 22 active volcanoes in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” islands formed by volcanic activity. Mount Mayon has erupted over 50 times in the past 500 years, with the most deadly eruption 1814 (GGTN)

Spectacular time-lapse of Mayon volcano eruptions (CGTN video)

1865 : President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. Section 1: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Video : Dec. 18, 1865 – 13th Amendment Ratified (YouTube : Voices of the Civil Rights Movement)

13th Amendment Ratified (Voices of the Civil Rights Movement video)

1884 : The Oxford English Dictionary first volume was first published. Its full title was A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society, and it contained 352 pages, with the words from A to Ant. Only 4000 copies were sold for a price of 12s 6d, which is about $670 today. Oxford English Dictionary official website : OED.com | Video : Sir James Murray and The Oxford English Dictionary

Sir James Murray and The Oxford English Dictionary (Nicholas Hoare Books video)

1893 : The 1st motion picture studio construction was completed by Thomas A. Edison. The Black Maria movie studio is located in West Orange, New Jersey, USA. Video : The Kinetoscope (uploaded by American Experience PBS)

The Kinetoscope (American Experience PBS video)

1901 : Clark Gable the American actor was born in Cadiz, Ohio, USA. (died in 1960 aged 59). Video : Clark Gable being interviewed by Ed Sullivan 2 months before he died from a heart attack

Ed Interviews Clark Gable & Sophia Loren In Rome on The Ed Sullivan Show on the 7th August 1960 (The Ed Sullivan Show verified YouTube channel video)

1931 : Boris Yeltsin the 1st President of Russia was born in the village of Butka, Talitsky District, Sverdlovsk, in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (died in 2007 aged 76). Video : The day Boris Yeltsin said goodbye to Russia : His widow Naina Yeltsina remembers her husbands momentous decision (BBC News)

The day Boris Yeltsin said goodbye to Russia (BBC News video)

1937 : Don Everly the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Everly Brothers rock and roll duo, was born in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Video : Everly Brothers “All I Have To Do Is Dream / Cathy’s Clown” 1960, ilmed on their UK tour in 1960 with Buddy Holly’s Crickets as the backup band (Reelin’ In The Years Archives)

Everly Brothers- “All I Have To Do Is Dream/Cathy’s Clown” 1960 (Reelin’ In The Years Archives video)

1942 : Voice of America began broadcasting official external radio and television programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers. Voice Of America official website : VOAnews.com |Video : VOA’s First Broadcasts: “The news may be good or bad, we shall tell you the truth” (VOA News)

VOA’s First Broadcasts: “The news may be good or bad, we shall tell you the truth” (VOA News video)

1947 : Normie Rowe the Australian singer and songwriter was born in Melbourne, Australia. He is also known as an actor of theatre and television, especially the 1980s series Sons and Daughters. Video : Normie Rowe discusses his transition from pop star to war soldier, which still haunts him (ABC News Australia)

Normie Rowe still haunted by war (ABC News video)

1948 : Rick James the American singer-songwriter and musician was born as James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York (died in 2004 aged 56). Video : Rick James ~ Super Freak (1981) (official Rick James YouTube video channel)

Rick James – Super Freak (VEVO video : verified Rick James YouTube channel)

1953 : North Sea flood of 1953 was caused by a heavy overnight storm in the Netherlands, Belgium and U.K. Video : Hundreds Die In Dutch Floods, in Holland (British Pathé verified YouTube channel )

Hundreds Die In Dutch Floods (1953 film footage ~British Pathé verified YouTube video)

1960 : Greensboro sit-ins began when 4 black students staged the first a series of nonviolent protests, with a sit-in at a lunch counter at Woolworth department store in Greensboro, North Carolina. Within 3 months this event spread to more than 55 cities in 13 U.S. states, which led to the removing of racial segregation in Woolworth department stores in the Southern United States. Video : How a Lunch Counter Sit-In Became an Iconic Civil Rights Moment – SFA (uploaded by Eater verified YouTube channel)

How a Lunch Counter Sit-In Became an Iconic Civil Rights Moment – SFA (Eater verified video)

1964 : The Beatles 1st number 1 hit in the United States “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, which was the first Beatles’ record to top the UK and US charts. It was also their first song to be recorded on a 4-track, rather than the usual 2-track tape machine. Video : The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand – performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show, on the 9th February 1964 (The Beatles official YouTube channel)

The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand – Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 2/9/64 (The Beatles verified YouTube video)

1965 : Brandon Lee the American actor, martial artist and son of Bruce Lee was born in Oakland, California (died in 1993 aged 28). Video : The Truth About Brandon Lee Finally Revealed (video produced by Looper)

The Truth About Brandon Lee Finally Revealed (Looper verified video)

1966 : Buster Keaton the American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter died of lung cancer at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, USA. (born in on the 4th October 1895, in Piqua, Kansas, USA). Video : Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag…

Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag (Every Frame a Painting verified video)

1968 : Lisa Marie Presley the American singer-songwriter was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Lisa is daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley. Video : Lisa Marie Presley Opens Up To Jenna Bush Hager About New Album And Her Father’s Legacy (video by Today)

Lisa Marie Presley Opens Up To Jenna Bush Hager About New Album And Her Father’s Legacy ~TODAY verified video

1989 : Kalgoorlie & Boulder, 2 Western Australian towns amalgamated to form the City of Kalgoorlie – Boulder. Official website for the City of Kalgoorlie – Boulder : CKB.wa.gov.au | Video : Things to do in Kalgoorlie – Boulder (by Top Tourist Places)

“KALGOORLIE – BOULDER” Top 13 Tourist Places | Kalgoorlie – Boulder Tourism | AUSTRALIA ~ Top Tourist Places verified YouTube video)

1994 : Harry Styles the English singer from the boy band One Direction was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK. Video : Harry Styles ~ Sign of the Times ~ 2017 (Harry Styles official YouTube video channel)

Harry Styles – Sign of the Times (Official Video ~ Harry Styles verified YouTube channel)

2003 : Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, when mission STS-107 disintegrated during the re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard : Michael P. Anderson the American colonel and pilot (born 1959), David M. Brown the American captain and pilot (born 1956), Kalpana Chawla the Indian-American engineer (born 1961), Laurel Clark the American captain and surgeon (born 1961), Rick Husband the American colonel and pilot (born 1957), William C. McCool the American commander and pilot (born 1961), and Ilan Ramon the Israeli colonel and pilot (born 1954). Video : The Columbia Disaster Was Worse Than You Thought (over 1 million views)…

The Columbia Disaster Was Worse Than You Thought ~ Grunge verified YouTube channel video

2009 : The 1st cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was formed in Iceland, making her the country’s 1st female prime minister, and the world’s 1st openly gay head of government. Video : Herman Van Rompuy the President of the European Council, meets Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the Prime Minister of Iceland in Brussels , on the 8th November 2011…

Meeting with Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (Herman Van Rompuy YouTube channel)

2013 : The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, was opened to the public, in Southwark, London. Video : UK’s tallest building The Shard opened to the public (Euronews verified YouTube channel)

UK’s tallest building The Shard opens to the public (Euronews verified video)

 2013 : Cecil Womack the American singer-songwriter and producer died of unknown causes at the age of 65 in Johannesburg, South Africa (born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on the 25th September 1947). Cecil was best known for his success of the singing duo Womack & Womack, with his wife Linda. Video : Teardrops 1988 song was number 1 in Belgium, Nederlands, New Zealand, number 2 in Australia & Germany, number 3 in the UK, and number 4 in Austria, France, & Ireland.

Womack & Womack : Teardrops ~ 1988 (Official Video ~ Womack And Womack VEVO verified YouTube video channel)

2021 : Dustin Diamond the American actor died from lung cancer at the age of 44, in Florida, USA (born in San Jose, California, USA on the 7th January 1977). He was best known as Samuel “Screech” Powers on Saved by the Bell, on every episode from 1989 to 1993. Dustin was also a director, musician, and stand-up comedian. Video : Dustin as Screech in the top 10 Saved by the Bell Moments…

Top 10 Saved by the Bell Moments ~ MsMojo verified YouTube video

2022 : Glenn Wheatley, the Australian musician and manager, died aged 74. He first became famous as the bass guitarist in the Masters Apprentices.

Australian musical industry icon Glenn Wheatley dead at 74 (9 News Australia verified YouTube channel video)


Today in History for February 1st by Associated Press

Video : The Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, iconic image photographed of the Vietnam War, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after years of exile, and actor Clark Gable was born.


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