Friday, February 01, 2013
On this date in:
1861 Texas voted to secede from the Union. (Texas hero Gov. Sam Houston opposed the move, refused to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, and was removed.)
1862 "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly.
1896 Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin, Italy.
1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established.
1960 Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service.
1968 During the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief, Nguyen Ngoc Loan, executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. The photo was published and cause public outrage.
Sources: Dallas Morning News and Wikipedia