1690 - The first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec
1809 - Composer Jacob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn was born.
1815 - The world's first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
1947 - Percival Prattis became the first black news correspondent admitted to the House and Senate press gallery in Washington, DC. He worked for "Our World" in New York City.
1993 - Gloria Estefan received the 1,974th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2009 - Eric Holder was sworn in as attorney general. He was the first African-American to hold the post.
If You Were Born Today, February 3
You are inspired, flexible, and able to bounce back quickly from any setback. Your imagination is wild, your expectations sometimes unrealistic, and your compassion boundless. There is certainly an artistic streak in you, and whether or not you can turn this into a career, you do see the world through an artist's eyes. You are a true giver, but should be careful not to take on more than you can handle--and this is true not only in career and day-to-day life, but in your interpersonal relationships as well. Famous people born today: Nathan Lane, James Michener, Gertrude Stein, Morgan Fairchild.
Photograph by Steve Morrison, National Geographic
While in western Mongolia in the summer of 2014, Steve Morrison captured this photo of a nomadic herder who hunts using a trained golden eagle, a centuries-old Kazakh practice. The eagles are extremely quick and can dive upon prey at speeds of more than 150 miles an hour. "I had the opportunity to spend four days camped beside the ger (yurt) belonging to Shohan and his family," Morrison writes. "On this day, we had followed Shohan deep into the valley that extends west beyond his summer pastures, above upper Dayan Nuur near the Chinese border."
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