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A Blast from the Past

By United Press International

Today is Feb. 13.


Pakistani police announced on this date that the prime suspect in the abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl had been arrested but had provided no solid information on Pearl's fate. Pearl was abducted by terrorists in Pakistan on Jan. 23 and apparently was killed shortly thereafter though a telephoned demand for a $1 million ransom was received on Feb. 1.

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One of the music industry's first custom recording labels began on this date in 1961 when, after many years with Capitol Records, Frank Sinatra launched his own Reprise label under the auspices of Warner Bros. Records. The first singers were Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.


The Soviet Union expelled dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn on this date in 1974 after his book "The Gulag Archipelago," exposing the Soviet prison camp system, was published in the West. After living in exile for 20 years, mostly in the United States, Solzhenitsyn returned to his homeland in May 1994.


The oldest public institution in America, the Boston Latin School, was founded on this date in 1635.

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A fellow by the name of Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published the first magazine in America on this day in 1741. It was titled "The American Magazine". He beat Benjamin Franklin's "General Magazine" to the punch by three days.


And Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" became the longest-charted rock album in history when it completed its 402nd week on the Billboard Top-200 album chart on this date in 1984.


We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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