Today in history – February 1, 2019

1790 – The U.S. Supreme Court convened in New York City for its firs session.

1861 – Texas secedes from the United States.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.

1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the U.S. with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

1979 – Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.