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#230 Jan 22, 2013
1807 - President Thomas Jefferson exposed a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the Southwest.

1973 - The Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion during the first two trimesters.

1998 - Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in California to being the Unabomber, in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

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#231 Jan 23, 2013
1556 - An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was thought to have killed some 830,000 people.

1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree, from the Geneva College in New York.

1977 - Alex Haley's "Roots" began a record-breaking eight-night broadcast on television.

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#232 Jan 24, 2013
1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.

1908 - The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

1922 - Christian K. Nelson of Iowa patented the Eskimo Pie.

1964 - The first "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue was published.

2006 - Disney agrees to purchase Pixar for $7.4 billion.

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#233 Jan 25, 2013
1915 - Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated U.S. transcontinental telephone service.

1971 - Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.

1995 - The defense presented its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles.

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#234 Jan 28, 2013
1915 - The Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress, to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.

1935 - Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.

1986 - The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members.

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#235 Jan 29, 2013
1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published; it appeared in the "New York Evening Mirror."

1891 - Queen Liliuokalani became the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands.

1995 - The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowl titles, beating the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.

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#236 Jan 30, 2013
1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.

1972 - In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as "Bloody Sunday.

1997 - A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion.

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#237 Jan 31, 2013
1606 - Guy Fawkes was executed after being convicted for his role in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I.

1940: The first monthly Social Security check is issued to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt. Fuller, a legal secretary who worked three years under the Social Security program before retiring in November 1939, received $22.54 in that first check.

1990: The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow.

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#238 Feb 1, 2013
1900: Eastman Kodak Co. introduces the $1 Brownie box camera. The cardboard camera would go on to popularize low-cost photography and introduce the concept of the snapshot.

1920: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police begins operations.

2003: Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas and Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

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#239 Feb 4, 2013
1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.

1861 - Delegates from six southern states (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana) met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America.

1932 - The first Winter Olympic Games in the United States were held at Lake Placid, New York.

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#240 Feb 5, 2013
1922 - "Reader's Digest" began publication in New York.

1952 - New York adopted three-colored traffic lights.

1953 - The Walt Disney film, "Peter Pan," opened in New York City.

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#241 Feb 6, 2013
1914: Voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft, best known for voicing the Kellogg's Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger for more than five decades, and for his uncredited singing of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the classic Christmas TV special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," is born in Norfolk, Neb.

1971: Nearing the end of a second moonwalk, Apollo 14 astronaut and avid golfer Alan Shepard attaches a six-iron golf club head to the end of a sample collecting tool and hits two golf balls.

1998: Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport in honor of the former president.

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#242 Feb 7, 2013
1904 - The Great Baltimore Fire began when wind whipped a fire in the business district into a conflagration that engulfed a large part of the city by evening. More than 1,500 buildings were completely leveled, and another 1,000 severely damaged, with property loss an estimated $100 million. It was the biggest fire-related disaster since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

1947- The main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls, dating to about 150 BC-AD 68, was found in caves by the Jordan River.

1964- The Beatles began their first American tour, arriving at New York's Kennedy International Airport.

1984 - U.S. Navy Captain Bruce McCandless became the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exited the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvered freely. Robert L. Stewart joined him in the feat.

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#243 Feb 8, 2013
1910 - The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.

1922 - President Warren Harding had a radio installed at the White House.

1924 - The first execution by lethal gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

1936 - The first National Football League draft was held. The first selection was Jay Berwanger by the Philadelphia Eagles.

1974 - The last Skylab crew returned to Earth.

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#244 Feb 11, 2013
1254 - The British Parliament first convened.

1812 - The term "gerrymandering" was coined when Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a re-districting law favoring his party.

1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party.

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#245 Feb 12, 2013
1709 - Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the story of "Robinson Crusoe," was taken off Juan Fernandez Island after four years of being marooned.

1892 - President Abraham Lincoln's birthday was declared a national holiday.

2004 - Mattel announced the split of Barbie and Ken.

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#247 Feb 13, 2013
1633 - Galileo was detained by the Italian Inquisition in Rome.

1935 - Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Hauptmann was later executed.

2000 - The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.

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#248 Feb 14, 2013
1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President, James Polk, was taken by Matthew Brady, in New York City.

1929 - The St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage when Al Capone's employees gunned down seven members of the George "Bugs" Moran North Siders gang.

1946 - The world's first all-electronic computer was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania, ENIAC.

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#249 Feb 15, 2013
1758 - The first mustard, made by Benjamin Franklin, went on sale in America.

1842 - In New York City, adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time.

2005 - YouTube is started.

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#250 Feb 19, 2013
1878 - Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

1906 - William Kellogg established the Battle Creek Toasted Cornflake Company, selling breakfast cereals. The cereals were originally developed as a health food for psychiatric patients.

1982 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for urinating on The Alamo.

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