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(Quote source: Brainyquote.com)

Born 1942, writer/actor/comedian (of Monty python fame), Terry Jones:

“I like my stories once removed.”

Native American musician, Jimmy Carl Black, born 1938, (died 1st November 2008):

“Indian music is about Mother Earth, and mine is no exception.”

African-american poet, Langston Hughes, born 1902, (died 22nd May, 1967):

“I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why democracy means, everybody but me.”

Other birthdays today include Lisa Marie Presley, Brandon Lee, Bill Mumy, Don Everly, Boris Yeltsin, Muriel Spark, S.J. Perelman and Clark Gable.

Find facts about 1st February at wiki, such as:

On this day in 1918, Russia adopted the Gregorian calendar; six years later to the day, in 1924, the UK officially recognises the USSR. The Beatles had their first US hit on 1st Feb, 1964, with ‘I Wanna hold Your Hand’…

In Memorioum (selection): English author and playwright, Mary Shelley died this day in 1851; American artist Maurice Prendergast, in 1924; author and creator of ‘Buck Rogers’, Philip Francis Nowlan, in 1940; artist, Piet Mondrian in 1942; Elaine de Kooning in 1988; Paul Mellon in 1999 and the entire Space Shuttle Columbia crew in 2003.

Today is National Freedom Day in the US and also Birdfeeding Month, the beginning of Black History Month in the US & Canada; in the UK today LGBT History Month begins.