Vidkun Quisling, Andrew Breitbart Born, Islamist Obama

On this day: February 1
The U.K. recognizes USSR (1924)

Vidkun Quisling is appointed Premier of Norway by the Nazi occupiers (1942)

Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the U.S. to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl (1978)

Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst of the Symbionese Liberation Army is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter (1979)

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile (1979)

Daniel Pearl, American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped January 23, 2002, is beheaded and mutilated by his captors (2002)

President B. Hussein Obama delivers divisive remarks supportive of pro-Islamist protests in Egypt (2011)

b: Langston Hughes (1902), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Andrew Breitbart (1969); d: Daniel Pearl (2002)

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