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1st February

1790 The first meeting of the US Supreme Court took place.

1851 Mary Shelley, English author of the classic novel "Frankenstein", died.

1884 The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary A–Ant, was published.

1901 * Clark Gable, US film actor who played Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939).

1904 * Sidney Perelman, US writer who scripted the Marx Brothers' film Monkey Business (1931).

1910 The first 80 labour exchanges opened in Britain helping people to find work.

1915 * Sir Stanley Matthews, Football player.

1920 The Canadian "Mounties", (RCMP) came into being, after changing their name from the "North West Mounted Police".

1921 * Peter Sallis, British television actor.

1952 TV detector vans, a new method for tracking down users of unlicensed television sets was unveiled in the UK.

1953 Violent storms created havoc up and down the East coast of Britain claiming hundreds of lives.

1965 * Princess Stephanie of Monaco.

1974 Ronnie Biggs, one of the "Great Train" robbers, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro.

1979 Ayatollah Khomeini returned from 14 years exile in France to become Iranian leader.

1992 South African President de Klerk ended the 30 year ban on the ANC.

2003 The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it tried to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere after a sixteen-day mission in space. All seven members of the crew were lost.

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