spotlight Today In History, Feb. 3: Clear Lake, Iowa Feb 3, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Sunday, Feb. 3.Today's Highlight in History: 1959: Clear Lake, Iowa On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. AP 1811: Horace Greeley In 1811, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley was born in Amherst, N.H. AP 1930: William Howard Taft In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.) AP 1959: Aviation Airline Accident In 1959, an American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York's East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board. AP 1966: Luna 9 In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon. AP 1988: Ronald Reagan In 1988, the U.S. House of Representatives handed President Ronald Reagan a major defeat, rejecting his request for $36.2 million in new aid to the Nicaraguan Contras by a vote of 219-211. AP 1994: Space Shuttle Discovery In 1994, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev (SUR'-gay KREE'-kuh-lev), the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a U.S. spacecraft. AP 1995: Space Shuttle Discovery In 1995, Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time in NASA history. AP 1998: Italy Ski Gondola Accident In 1998, a U.S. Marine plane sliced through the cable of a ski gondola in Italy, causing the car to plunge hundreds of feet, killing all 20 people inside. AP 1998: Karla Faye Tucker In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. AP 2009: Eric Holder Ten years ago: Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. AP 2009: Tom Daschle Ten years ago: The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he'd failed to pay all his taxes. AP 2014: Dow Jones Five years ago: U.S. stocks tumbled, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. AP 2018: "The Shape of Water" One year ago: The fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" added another key prize in the awards season, as Guillermo del Toro took top honors at the Directors Guild Awards. AP 2018: Pro Football Hall of Fame One year ago: Linebacker Ray Lewis and receiver Terrell Owens were among eight people voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. AP 2018: Uma Thurman One year ago: The New York Times reported an accusation from actress Uma Thurman that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had forced himself on her sexually years ago in a London hotel room; Weinstein acknowledged making an "awkward pass" but strongly denied any physical assault. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. 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