February 2nd

1650: Nell Gwyn, comedic stage actress, mistress of King Charles II, born. http://ht.ly/3ORhB

1811: Delia Bacon, 1st to propose that William Shakespeare did not write the plays attributed to him, born. http://ht.ly/3ORv9

1841: Sarah Ann Stevenson, 1st female member of the American Medical Association, author of ‘The Physiology of Women’, born.

1882: Anne Bauchens, Academy Award-winning film editor, edited 41 of Cecil B Demille’s films, 20 by other directors, born.

1901: The United States Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization.

1905: Ayn Rand, Russian-born American writer, proponent of capitalism, author of ‘The Fountainhead’ & ‘Atlas Shrugged’, born.

1909: Simone Weil, French philosopher, Christian mystic, & political activist, born. http://ht.ly/3OSjr

1963: British singer Helen Shapiro begins a national tour with a then-unknown band called The Beatles as her supporting act.

2009: Former First Lady & New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sworn in as US Secretary of Sate.

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