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This Week in History, Feb 1 – Feb 7

Feb 01, 1884

Oxford Dictionary debuts

Feb 02, 1887

First Groundhog Day

Feb 03, 2005

Gonzales becomes first Hispanic U.S. attorney general

Feb 04, 1974

Patty Hearst kidnapped

Feb 05, 1994

Beckwith convicted of killing Medgar Evers

Feb 06, 1952

Elizabeth becomes queen

Feb 07, 1964

Beatles arrive in New York

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Also on This Day

Lead Story

Oxford Dictionary debuts, 1884

American Revolution

Davidson College namesake killed at Cowan’s Ford, 1781

Automotive

Ford GT makes TV debut in Super Bowl ad, 2004

Civil War

Texas secedes from the Union, 1861

Cold War

U.N. condemns PRC for aggression, 1951

Crime

Serial killer Ted Bundy strikes again, 1974

Disaster

Columbia mission ends in disaster, 2003

General Interest

First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1790

Portuguese king and heir assassinated, 1908

Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran, 1979

Hollywood

Official registration of Hollywood, 1887

Literary

“The Corsair” by Lord Byron is published, 1814

Music

Puccini’s La bohème premieres in Turin, Italy, 1896

Old West

Mormon president goes underground, 1885

Presidential

Bush addresses the nation after space shuttle Columbia explodes, 2003

Sports

NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk posts 103rd shutout, 1970

Vietnam War

Operation Plan 34A commences, 1964

Nixon announces his candidacy for president, 1968

World War I

Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare, 1917

World War II

Japanese begin evacuation of Guadalcanal, 1943

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