1 February It Happened Today
1650 Death of the French philosopher Rene Descartes.
1901 Birth of the American actor Clark Gable.
1942 Vidkun Quisling made Norwegian prime minister in a German “puppet” government.
1966 Death of the silent film actor Buster Keaton.
1977 The Pompidou Centre opens in Paris.
2003 The US space shuttle Columbia breaks up while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere.