February 2 – Today In History

February  2 – Today In History
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 2nd.

Today In …

1848 - The Mexican-American War came to an end when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed.

1863 - Samuel Clemens officially began to use a pen name for his writings. The name? Mark Twain

1887 - The first Groundhog Day was observed.

1880 - Indiana became home to the first electric streetlight when one was installed in Wabash.

1935 - In Wisconsin, Leonard Keeler became the first person to conduct a test on a polygraph machine.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Christie Brinkley, the world famous model and Cover Girl spokesperson was born in 1954.

William Costello, one of the stars of the film “King of Kings” and voice of Popeye, was born in 1898.

James Dickey, author of “Deliverance” was born n 1923.

Farrah Fawcett, one of the stars of TV’s “Charlie’s Angels” was born in 1947.

Howard Johnson, whose chain of motels bare his name, was born in 1897.

James Joyce, author of “Ulysses” was born in 1882.

Graham Nash, a member of the legendary Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was born in 1942.

Shakira, the songstress behind “Whenever Wherever” was born in 1977.

Tom Smothers, one half of the infamous Smothers Brothers, was born in 1937.

Brent Spiner who is probably best known as Data from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was born in 1949.

Kim Zimmer, who portrays Reva on the long running soap “Guiding Light” was born in 1955.

We Said Goodbye To…

Gene Kelly the actor/entertainer who starred in “An American in Paris” and “Singin’ in the Rain” passed away in 1996 at the age of 83.

Alistair MacLean the author of “Guns of Navorone” passed away in 1987 at the age of 64.

Bert Parks, TV host who is probably best known for emceeing the Miss America pageant for a number of years, passed away in 1992 at the age of 77.

Donald Pleasance who portrayed James Bond’s arch nemesis Blofeld in “You Only Live Twice” and starred in “Halloween” passed away in 1995 at the age of 75.

William Henry Pratt a.k.a. Boris Karloff passed away in 1969. The prolific actor who is probably best known for his portrayal of title characters in “Frankenstein” and “The Mummy” was 78.

John Ritchie a.k.a. Sid Vicious, a member of the band The Sex Pistols passed away in 1979 at the age of 22.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1957 - “Young Love” by Sonny James
1974 - “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand
1974 - The Country Charts – “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
1985 - “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

Musical Moments In…

1980 - Legendary band Alabama made their first trip into the Top 20 with the song “My Home’s In Alabama”.

Movie Moments In...

1996 - The drama “The Juror” starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore was released today.

In Print In…

1922 - “Ulysses” written by James Joyce (who turned 60 this day) was first printed in France.

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