FEBRUARY 1 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

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Happy New Month ~ Have a Fantastic February (photo of Lysterfield Hills by Anton K. Kressnig)

1709 – Alexander Selkirk was rescued on the 1st February 1709, after being shipwrecked on a desert island, which inspired the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

1790 – In New York City, the Supreme Court of the United States convened for the first time on the 1st February 1790.

1793 – French Revolutionary Wars: France declared war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on the 1st February 1793.

1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary was published on the 1st February 1884.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey on the 1st February 1893.

1901Clark Gable the American actor was born on the 1st February 1901 (died 1960). Clark Gable was best known for his movie roles in Gone with the Wind (1939), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), It Happened One Night (1934)), Manhattan Melodrama (1934) and The Misfits (1961)YouTube video: Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind (1939)…

1920 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police began operations on the 1st February 1920.

1931 – Boris Yeltsin the 1st President of Russia was born on the 1st February 1931 (died 2007).

1937Don Everly the American singer-songwriter and guitarist  from the Everly Brothers was born on the 1st February 1937. YouTube video: Everly Brothers – Crying In The Rain (1962)

1947Normie Rowe the Australian singer was born on the 1st February 1947. YouTube video: Normie Rowe – Shakin All Over (National Bandstand) 1965…

1957 – Felix Wankel‘s first working prototype (DKM 54) of the Wankel engine ran on the 1st February 1957, at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany

1974 – Kuala Lumpur was declared a Federal Territory on the 1st February 1974.

1975Big Boi the American rapper from Outkast was born Antwan André Patton on the 1st February 1975. YouTube video: OutCast: Hey Ya! (2003) song from The Love Below album. Hey Ya! was No.1 in North America in the Billboard Hot 100 for 9 weeks, also topping the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks for 17 weeks, No.1 in Australia, Norway, Sweden and in the Top 10 in the UK, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland. In 2005 the Recording Industry Association of America certified single platinum for shipping one million copies. At the 46th Grammy Awards the song won Best Urban/Alternative Performance…

1978 – Director Roman Polanski skipped bail and fled the United States on the 1st February 1974, to France, after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.

1978 – Tim Harding the Australian singer and actor from Hi-5 was born on the 1st February 1978. YouTube video: Hi-5 Tim’s birthday-1…

1979Jason Isbell the American singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Green Hill, Alabama was born on the 1st February 1979. YouTube video: Jason Isbell Performs “Elephant” on SiriusXM Outlaw Country (warning: explicit language)…

1985 ~ Jodi Gordon the Australian actress and model was born in Mackay on the 1st February 1985. Jodi Gordon is best known for her Logie award winning role of Martha MacKenzie in Home and Away. Jodi Gordon won the Logie award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2006.  Jodi Gordon is also known as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Jodi Gordon won a modeling competition at the age of 13, and gained a contract with Vivien’s Modelling Agency, leading to modelling in Japan, London and Milan. In September 2008 Jodi Gordon became the official celebrity ambassador and model for Australian lingerie brand Crystelle, and official ambassador for Australian shoe brand Tony Bianco.

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Jodi Gordon from Home & Away modelling in Crystelle lingerie’s ad campaign in 2008

YouTube video: Jodi Gordon in a Home and Away interrupted shower scene…

1989 – The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamated to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on the 1st February 1989.

1994 ~ Harry Styles the English singer from One Direction was born on the 1st February 1994. YouTube Vevo video: One Direction – Best Song Ever…

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere on the 1st February 2003, killing all 7 astronauts aboard.

2004Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII on the 1st February 2004, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines. YouTube video: Janet Jackson – Super Bowl halftime 2004 (video live): Janet Jackson performs a medley of her singles “All for You” and “Rhythm Nation” and then performs alongside Justin Timberlake. As Timberlake sang the lyric “gonna have you naked by the end of this song” from his single “Rock Your Body”, he tore open her top, exposing her right breast…

2009 – A prolonged period of snowfall began in the British Isles on the 1st February 2009, with some areas experiencing their largest snowfalls since 1991.

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