[Daily article] February 4: Control (Janet Jackson album)

Control is the third studio album by American recording artist Janet
Jackson (pictured in 2008). Released on February 4, 1986, it became one
of the defining albums of the decade. Her collaborations with
songwriters and record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis resulted in
an unconventional sound that established Jackson, Jam and Lewis as the
leading innovators of contemporary R&B;. The album’s lyrics reflect a
series of changes in her life, including the annulment of her marriage
to R&B; singer James DeBarge and severing her business affairs from her
father and manager Joseph and the rest of the Jackson family. The album
has been praised by critics as both an artistic feat and as a personal
testament of self-actualization. Control is widely regarded as the
breakthrough album of Jackson’s career. It became her first album to top
the Billboard 200 and five of its commercial singles, including “What
Have You Done for Me Lately”, peaked within the top five of the
Billboard Hot 100. The album received several accolades, including a
nomination for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and has sold over
fourteen million copies worldwide.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Roman emperor Septimius Severus (bust pictured) died of illness
while on a military campaign in Eboracum (modern York, England).


German scholar Constantin von Tischendorf rediscovered the
Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century uncial manuscript of the Greek Bible, in
Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt.


The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombed a motor coach
carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their family
members, killing twelve and wounding fifty more.


Venezuelan Army Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chávez failed in his
attempt to overthrow the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez.


Four Harvard University students launched the popular social
networking website Facebook from their dorm room.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. A small flaw which spoils the appearance of something, a stain, a spot.
2. A moral defect; a character flaw.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Why should we look for his errors when a brave man dies? Unless
we can learn from his experience, there is no need to look for weakness.
Rather, we should admire the courage and spirit in his life. What kind
of man would live where there is no daring? And is life so dear that we
should blame men for dying in adventure? Is there a better way to die?
–Charles Lindbergh

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