Feb 1, 2020
February 1. In 1788, the steamboat was patented. In 1790, the Supreme Court convened for the first time. In 1793, oiled silk was patented. In 1861, Texas seceded from the union. In 1865, President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery--except as a punishment for a crime (hmmm). In 1893, Thomas Edison (still dead) completed the first motion picture studio. In 1913, Grand Central Station opened in NYC. In 1919, the first Miss America was crowned. In 1930, the Times published its first crossword puzzle. In 1946, the Parliament of Hungary abolished the monarchy after 900 years (let's stop ours after 4, please). In 1951, the first atomic explosion was telecast. In 1960, four African-American students staged the first sit-in at a lunch counter in North Carolina. In 1964, "Louie Louie" was declared pornographic by the governor of Indiana. In 1963, a 17-year-old Neil Young performed his first professional gig. In 1979, Patty Hearst was released from prison after serving 22 months for bank robbery. In 1998, Lillian Fishburne became the first female African American rear admiral. In 2002, journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by al Qaeda.. Happy Birthday, Denise Robins, Muriel Spark, Langston Hughes, Mary Jane Reoch, Exene Cervenka. It's Memorial Day of the Republic in Hungary and National Freedom Day in America. Mission: Vote them all out. Oh, please, please, please.