Today is Friday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2012. There are 332 days left in the year.
On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
On this date:
In 1783, Spain formally recognized American independence.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C., at age 67.
In 1959, An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.