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History.com - This Day in History 

February 1, 1884: Oxford Dictionary debuts

On this day in 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and presentPlans for the dictionary began in 1857 when members of London's Philologic

Infoplease - Today's Birthday 

Feb 1: Langston Hughes

1902—1967, American poet and central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. See biography and links to other people born today...


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