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Today is Saturday, February 1st, the 32nd day of the year. There are 334

Big Boi

Big Boi

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

National Freedom Month


Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Garrett Morris, 83, comedian

Walter McCarty, 46, basketball player

Big Boi, 45, musician (Outkast)

Knaan, 42, rapper

Rutina Wesley, 41, actress

Kevin Martin, 37, basketball player

Austin Jackson, 33, baseball player

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley


Charles Lenox Remond, 210, orator/abolitionist (d.1873)

Henry McNeal Turner, 189, politician/1st Black Methodist

Bishop (d.1915)

Langston Hughes, 118, poet/playwright (d. 1967)

Sherman Hemsley, 81, actor (Jeffersons) (d. 2012)

Rick James

Rick James

Rick James, 72, singer/funk musician (d. 2004)

Malik Sealy, 50, basketball player (d. 2000)


Dick Bass, 2006, football player (b. 1937)

Don Cornelius, 2012, TV show host (b. 1936)


1810 – 1st insurance company managed by blacks (American Insurance

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius

Co. of Philadelphia)

1810 – U.S. Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%).

1865 – J.S. Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Ct., admitted

to bar.

1871 – Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in

House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates).

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

1957 – 1st black pilot (P.H. Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline.

1958 – WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting.

1960 – 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro, N.C.


1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Ala.

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

1978 – Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a U.S. postage


1979 – Patricia Hearst is released from a San Francisco prison for bank


1981 – Duke Ellington’s musical “Sophisticated Ladies,” premieres in NYC.

1992 – Barry Bonds signs baseball’s highest single year contract ($4.7 mil).

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

2004 – Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed during the half-time show of

Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in U.S. broadcasters adopting a stronger

adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.


As an Aquarius born on February 1st, your personality is characterized by honesty and creativity. While there are plenty of people who enjoy mind games and stretching the truth, you believe that honesty really is the best policy. In all your dealings, professional and personal, you take a straightforward and open approach. Your friends and family appreciate your honesty, which is complimented with a genuine admiration of your imagination and creativity. While you may not realize it, those closest to you can recall many situations where your quick mind created ingenious solutions to problems.

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