spotlight Today In History, Feb. 1: "Late Night with David Letterman" Feb 1, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Friday, Feb. 1.Today's Highlight in History: 1982: "Late Night with David Letterman" In 1982, "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC. AP 1862: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" In 1862, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly. AP 1946: Trygve Lie In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie (TRIHG'-vuh lee) was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations. AP 1968: Richard Nixon In 1968, Richard M. Nixon announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. AP 1979: Ayatollah Khomeini In 1979, Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (hoh-MAY'-nee) received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile. AP 1993: Gary Bettman In 1993, Gary Bettman took office as the National Hockey League's first commissioner, succeeding the NHL's final president, Gil Stein. AP 1994: Jeff Gillooly In 1994, Jeff Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to racketeering for his part in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in exchange for a 24-month sentence (he ended up serving six) and a $100,000 fine. AP 2003: Space Shuttle Columbia In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; payload commander Michael Anderson; mission specialists Kalpana Chawla, David Brown and Laurel Clark; and payload specialist Ilan Ramon (ee-LAHN' rah-MOHN'), the first Israeli in space. AP 2009: Australia Wildfires Ten years ago: Australian firefighter Dave Tree was photographed giving water to an injured koala found in burned brush-land in Victoria state; the rescued female koala, dubbed "Sam," became an Internet sensation, but ended up being euthanized in Aug. 2009. AP 2009: Michael Phelps Ten years ago: Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe. AP 2009: Rafael Nadal Ten years ago: Rafael Nadal held off Roger Federer to win the Australian Open, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. AP 2009: Super Bowl XLIII Ten years ago: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 to win Super Bowl XLIII (43). AP 2014: Ban Ki-moon Five years ago: The United Nations' secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, pressed the U.S. and Russia to help ensure that peace talks aimed at stemming Syria's civil war would resume soon after a week of peace talks ended in Geneva with no concrete progress. AP 2014: Maximillian Schell Five years ago: Academy Award-winning actor Maximillian Schell, 83, died in Innsbruck, Austria. AP 2014: Peyton Manning Five years ago: Peyton Manning won his fifth Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide. AP 2014: Pro Football Hall of Fame Five years ago: Ray Guy became the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame; joining the long-time Oakland Raider were two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones, as well as defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey. AP 2018: Don Shooter One year ago: Republican State Rep. Don Shooter was expelled from the Arizona House because of a lengthy pattern of sexual misconduct, making him the first state lawmaker in the U.S. to be booted out since the #MeToo movement emerged. AP 2018: Natalie Wood Investigation One year ago: Sheriff's officials in Los Angeles said new witnesses had emerged in the 1981 drowning death of actress Natalie Wood, prompting investigators to name her former husband, Robert Wagner, a "person of interest" in what they considered a "suspicious death." (Detectives later said the evidence hadn't reached the threshold for a murder investigation and that they had no plans to file criminal charges.) AP 2018: Slender Man Stabbing One year ago: A judge ordered a Wisconsin girl, Morgan Geyser, to be committed to a mental hospital for 40 years for stabbing a classmate when she was 12 years old to curry favor with the fictional horror character Slender Man. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended promotion ENTER THE 2017 MARCH FEVER CHALLENGE! Enter the 2017 March Fever Challenge! promotion Enter Today! Great Grocery Giveaway! Win $250 of Groceries in the Great Grocery Giveaway! More Latest Local Offers Country Air, LLC Heating & Cooling Concerns? We pledge that you will receive friendly and knowledgeable service - Country Air, LLC (541) 401-0034 Valley Eye Care We Believe Life is All About Your Vision. Call Valley Eye Care Today for an Appointment (541) 754-6222.