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To­day is Mon­day, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2020. There are 332 days left in the year.


On Feb. 3, 1943, dur­ing World War II, the U.S. trans­port ship SS Dorch­ester, which was car­ry­ing troops to Green­land, sank af­ter be­ing hit by a Ger­man tor­pedo in the Labrador Sea; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 sur­vived. (Four Army chap­lains on board gave away their life jack­ets to save oth­ers and went down with the ship.)

1690 — The first pa­per money in Amer­ica was is­sued by the Mas­sachusetts Bay Colony to fi­nance a mil­i­tary ex­pe­di­tion to Canada.

1877 — The song “Chop­sticks,” writ­ten by 16-yearold Euphemia Allen un­der the pseu­do­nym Arthur de Lulli, was de­posited at the Bri­tish Mu­seum un­der the ti­tle “The Cel­e­brated Chop Waltz.”

1913 — The 16th Amend­ment to the U.S. Constituti­on, pro­vid­ing for a fed­eral in­come tax, was rat­i­fied.

1917 — The United States broke off diplo­matic re­la­tions with Ger­many, the same day an Amer­i­can cargo ship, the SS Housatonic, was sunk by a U-boat off Bri­tain af­ter the crew was al­lowed to board lifeboats.

1930 — The chief jus­tice of the United States, Wil­liam Howard Taft, re­signed for health rea­sons. (He died just over a month later.)

1959 — Rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bop­per” Richard­son died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1966 — The Soviet probe Luna 9 be­came the first man­made ob­ject to make a soft land­ing on the moon.

1969 — “Can­did Cam­era” cre­ator Allen Funt and his fam­ily were aboard an East­ern Air­lines flight that was hi­jacked to Cuba. (Fel­low pas­sen­gers who rec­og­nized Funt thought the whole thing was a stunt for his TV show.)

1988 — The U.S. 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 219-211.

1991 — The rate for a first-class postage stamp rose to 29 cents.

1994 — The space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery lifted off, car­ry­ing Sergei Krikalev, the first Rus­sian cos­mo­naut to fly aboard a U.S. space­craft.

1998 — Texas ex­e­cuted Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two peo­ple in 1983; she was the first woman ex­e­cuted in the United States since 1984. A U.S. Ma­rine plane sliced through the ca­ble of a ski gon­dola in Italy, caus­ing the car to plunge hun­dreds of feet, killing all 20 peo­ple in­side.

Ten years ago — A sui­cide bomber killed seven peo­ple in north­west­ern Pak­istan, in­clud­ing three U.S. sol­diers. Mo­ti­va­tional speaker James Arthur Ray was ar­rested on man­slaugh­ter charges af­ter three peo­ple died fol­low­ing a north­ern Ari­zona sweat lodge cer­e­mony he had led in Oct. 2009. (Ray was con­victed of three counts of neg­li­gent homi­cide and spent nearly two years in prison.) Ac­tress Frances Reid, 95, died in Los An­ge­les.

Five years ago — An evening rush-hour com­muter train with 750 peo­ple aboard slammed into a SUV at a cross­ing in Val­halla, New York, killing the ve­hi­cle’s driver and six peo­ple on the train. A video re­leased on mil­i­tant web­sites pur­port­edly showed a Jor­da­nian pi­lot who was cap­tured by the Is­lamic State group be­ing burned to death.

One year ago — In the low­est-scor­ing Su­per Bowl ever, fea­tur­ing just one touch­down, the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots beat the Los An­ge­les Rams, 13-3. Grammy-nom­i­nated rap­per 21 Sav­age was ar­rested in Ge­or­gia by im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties, who said it was a tar­geted op­er­a­tion over his ex­pired visa; the rap­per is a Bri­tish cit­i­zen who moved to the U.S. when he was seven. (21 Sav­age spent 10 days in a de­ten­tion cen­ter in south­ern Ge­or­gia be­fore be­ing re­leased.) The wreck­age of the plane car­ry­ing soc­cer player Emil­iano Sala was lo­cated two weeks af­ter it dis­ap­peared from radar over the English Chan­nel; Sala and the pi­lot were both killed.


For­mer Sen. Paul Sar­banes, D-Mary­land, is 87. Foot­ball Hall of Famer Fran Tarken­ton is 80. Ac­tress Brid­get Han­ley is 79. Ac­tress Blythe Dan­ner is 77. Foot­ball Hall of Famer Bob Griese is 75. Singer-gui­tarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 73. Singer Me­lanie is 73. Ac­tress Mor­gan Fairchild is 70. Ac­tress Pamela Franklin is 70. Ac­tor Nathan Lane is 64. Rock mu­si­cian Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 64. Ac­tor Thomas Cal­abro is 61. Rock mu­si­cian/au­thor Lol Tolhurst (The Cure) is 61. Ac­tor-di­rec­tor Keith Gor­don is 59. Ac­tress Michele Greene is 58. Coun­try singer Ma­traca Berg is 56. Ac­tress Maura Tier­ney is 55. Ac­tor War­wick Davis is 50. Ac­tress Elisa Dono­van is 49. Reg­gae­ton singer Daddy Yan­kee is 44. Ac­tress Isla Fisher is 44. Mu­si­cian Grant Barry is 43. Hu­man rights ac­tivist Amal Clooney is 42. Singer-song­writer Jes­sica Harp is 38. Ac­tor Matthew Moy is 36. Rap­per Sean Kingston is 30. Ac­tor Brandon Micheal Hall is 27.


“Your friend will ar­gue with you.” — Alexan­der Solzhen­it­syn, Rus­sian writer (1918-2008).

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