Today in History
Today is Thursday, February 3, the 34th day of 2022. There are 331 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On February 3, 1943, during World War II, the American transport ship SS Dorchester, carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo in the Labrador Sea; of the more than 900 men on board, only 230 survived. (Four Army chaplains on board donated their life jackets to save the others and went down with the ship.)
To this date :
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the coast of Virginia; the talks are deadlocked on the question of autonomy for the South.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1917, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Germany, the same day an American freighter, the SS Housatonic, was sunk by a U-boat off Britain after the crew was cleared to board the lifeboats.
In 1959, rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a minor plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
In 1966, the Soviet Luna 9 probe became the first man-made object to make a soft landing on the Moon.
In 1988, the United States House of Representatives handed President Ronald Reagan a major defeat, rejecting his request for $36.2 million in new aid to the Nicaraguan Contras by a vote of 219 to 211.
In 1994, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev (SUR’-gay KREE’-kuh-lev), the first Russian cosmonaut to fly on an American spacecraft.
In 1995, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot’s seat for the first time in NASA history.
In 1998, a US Navy plane cut the cable of a ski gondola in Italy, plunging the car hundreds of feet, killing all 20 people inside.
In 2006, an Egyptian passenger ferry sank in the Red Sea in bad weather, killing more than 1,000 passengers.
In 2009, Eric Holder became the first black attorney general in the United States after being sworn in to Vice President Joe Biden.
In 2020, during closing arguments in President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, Democratic prosecutors urged senators to end a “runaway presidency” and acknowledge Trump’s actions in Ukraine as part of behavior that would allow him to “cheat” in the 2020 election.; Trump defenders have accused Democrats of trying to nullify the 2016 election and said voters should decide Trump’s fate.
Ten years ago: Breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure dropped plans to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, following a three-day furor that swept the internet , in Congress and among Komen affiliates. Federal prosecutors have dropped their investigation into Lance Armstrong, ending a nearly two-year effort to determine whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates participated in a doping program. (In January 2013, Armstrong publicly admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs.) Actor-director Ben Gazzara, 81, has died in New York.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump launched his long-promised attack on banking rules that were hastily enacted after the country’s economic crisis, signing new orders after meeting with business and government leaders investment and pledging to take further steps to free the big banks from restrictions.
A year ago: A white Columbus, Ohio police officer, Adam Coy, was charged with murder in the December 2020 shooting death of a black man, Andre Hill. (Coy has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.) Country star Morgan Wallen has been suspended from his label and his music has been taken down by radio stations and streaming services after a video emerged showing him training to shout a racial slur. Tennis Hall of Famer Tony Trabert, five-time Grand Slam singles champion, has died at his Florida home at the age of 90.
Today’s birthdays: Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton turns 82. Actress Bridget Hanley is 81 years old. Actor Blythe Danner is 79 years old. Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese is 77. Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 75 years old. Singer Melanie is 75 years old. Actor Morgan Fairchild is 72 years old. Actor Pamela Franklin is 72 years old. Actor Nathan Lane is 66 years old. Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 66 years old. Actor Thomas Calabro is 63 years old. Rock musician/author Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) is 63. director Keith Gordon is 61 years old. Actor Michele Greene is 60 years old. Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY’-suh) Berg is 58 years old. Actor Maura Tierney is 57 years old. Actor Warwick Davis is 52 years old. Actor Elisa Donovan is 51 years old. 46. Actor Isla (EYE’-luh) Fisher is 46 years old. Human rights activist Amal Clooney is 44 years old. Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 40 years old. Actor Matthew Moy is 38 years old. Rapper Sean Kingston is 32 years old. Actor Brandon Micheal Hall is 29 years old.