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February 3 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 3rd.

Today In …

1690 - Massachusetts became the first place in America to use paper currency.

1809 - The Illinois Territory, which also included the state now known as Wisconsin, was established today.

1913 - It became legal for the government to impose a federal income tax when the 16th Constitutional amendment was ratified.

1920 - The League Of Nations held its first session in Paris, France. The U.S. had opted not to participate.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Elizabeth Blackwell, renowned for being the first female doctor in the U.S. was born in 1821.

Blythe Danner, one of the stars of “Meet the Parents” and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, was born in 1943.

Warwick Davis, the accomplished actor who has appeared in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was born in 1970.

Morgan Fairchild, the actress who starred in TV’s “Flamingo Road”, “Falcon Crest”, “Friends” as well as the “Old Navy” commercials was born in 1950.

Isla Fisher, one of the stars of the comedy “Wedding Crashers” was born in 1976.

Charles Floyd, a.k.a. “Pretty Boy” Floyd, the infamous gangster/bank robber was born in 1904.

Robert Earl Jones, father of actor James Earl Jones, who appeared in such films as “The Sting” was born in 1911.

Nathan Lane, Broadway actor and star of “The Birdcage” and “The Producers” was born in 1956.

Felix Mendelssohn, the German composer who created the timeless “Wedding March” was born in 1809.

Norman Rockwell, the illustrator of American life whose works appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, was born in 1894.

Fran Tarkenton, former football player and host of TV’s “That’s Incredible” was born in 1940.

We Said Goodbye To…

Buddy Holly, the legendary singer of such songs as “Peggy Sue” was killed in a plane crash in 1959 at the age of 22.

Nancy Kulp, the actress who is probably best known for her role as Miss Jane Hathaway on TV’s “The Beverly Hillbillies” passed away at the age of 69 in 1991.

Al Lewis, who is forever immortalized as Grandpa on the TV show “The Munsters” passed away in 2006 at the age of 82.

Audrey Meadows, best known as Alice Kramden on TV’s “The Honeymooners” passed away in 1996 at the 79.

J.P. Richardson, a.k.a. “The Big Bopper” who not only sang the hit song “Chantilly Lace” but wrote the hits “Running Bear” and “White Lightning” was killed in a plane crash in 1959 at the age of 38.

Belle Star, a notable figure (and sometimes outlaw) of the Old West was killed in 1889. She was 40.

Richie Valens, the singer of “Donna” and “LaBamba” was killed in a plane crash in 1959 at the age of 17.

Woodrow Wilson, Nobel prize winner and the 28th President of the United States passed away in 1924 at the age of 67.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1973 - “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1972 - Sapporo, Japan became the first country outside of the United States and Europe to host the Winter Olympics. The 11th Winter Olympic Games began today.

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