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1014 Sweyn I, the king of Denmark, Norway and England, died in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, just over a month after being declared ruler of the English.
1783 Spain formally recognized American independence.
1865 President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy.
1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
1924 The 28th president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C., at age 67.
1930 The chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)
1966 The Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.
1972 The XI Olympic Winter Games opened in Sapporo, Japan.
1994 The space shuttle Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a U.S. spacecraft.
In The Star
Feb. 3, 1939, in The Star: The bill which would require the commission form of government to be instituted in Alabama cities of the 20,000 to 40,000 population range passed the Alabama House today by a vote of 91 to 1. The dissenting vote came from local representative T. T. Bagley, who said he did so to fulfill a campaign pledge. Nevertheless, the measure is expected to pass easily in the Senate, be signed by Gov. Dixon and take effect within the next few weeks. At the present time, the only cities affected by the commission bill are Anniston and Gadsden. The bill sets the commission chairman’s salary at $4,200 and that of the associate commissioners at $2,100. Also this date: Speaker of the House Hugh D. Merrill of Anniston has introduced legislation that would restore the design of the Great Seal of Alabama to just about the exact way it was before the Civil War – showing a map of the state and its principal rivers. The current Great Seal was adopted by a carpetbag legislature in 1868 – and was designed by a Yankee, no less, according to the UDC. Additionally: Former Anniston High School athletes have petitioned city officials to name the new football stadium (now in the early grading stages) Memorial Stadium, after athletes who have passed away.
Feb. 3, 1989, in The Star: A flu outbreak that hit northeast Alabama schools early this week is still depleting student attendance at rates that have some principals wondering when the sickness will end. Some area school officials are describing the outbreaks as the worst ever in their schools. ''We've been hit really hard,'' said Ohatchee Principal Jerry Ellard. Ohatchee, which has an enrollment of 900 students, had 180 absences Wednesday, 130 Thursday and 143 today — altogether, about 12 percent above normal. Ellard said the large numbers of influenza, strep throat and viruses led the school to cancel basketball games scheduled Thursday and tonight. In Cherokee County, absentee rates have climbed steadily at Centre Middle School this week, with about 17 percent more student absences than normal. ''In my four years as principal here, I've never seen this many absences and so many attributed to the flu,'' middle school principal Ed Miller said.
Birthdays for February 3
Comedian Shelley Berman is 89. Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 74. Actress Bridget Hanley is 73. Actress Blythe Danner is 71. Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese is 69. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 64. Actress Pamela Franklin is 64. Actor Nathan Lane is 58. Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 58. Actor Thomas Calabro is 55. Actor Warwick Davis is 44. Actress Elisa Donovan is 43. Musician Grant Barry is 37. Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 32. Actor Matthew Moy is 30. Actress Rebel Wilson is 28.
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