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#251
Feb 20, 2013
 
1872 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.

1962 - Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard Friendship Seven.

1998 - American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

2003 - Fire broke out at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island; more than 100 people died and 200 others were injured in the stampede.

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Feb 21, 2013
 
1848 - The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, was published in London by the Communist League.

1885 - The 555-foot-high Washington Monument was dedicated.

1972 - Richard M. Nixon arrived in China for an eight-day official visit. He was the first U.S. president to visit the People's Republic of China since its inception in 1949.

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Feb 22, 2013
 
1630 - Popcorn was introduced to English colonists by Quadequine, brother of Massasoit.

1819 - Spain agreed to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States.

1956 - Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel."

1980 - In a dramatic upset, the underdog United States Olympic hockey team, made up of collegians and second-rate professional players, defeated the defending champion Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.

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Feb 25, 2013
 
1964 - Cassius Clay dethroned world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout. Clay then announced his conversion to Islam, changing his name to Muhammad Ali.

1976 - U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may ban the hiring of illegal aliens.

2005 - Dennis Rader was arrested near his home for the BTK serial killings that terrorized Wichita, Kansas between 1974 and 1991.

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Feb 26, 2013
 
1919 - Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

1933 - Ground was broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

1952 - Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.

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Feb 27, 2013
 
1883 - Oscar Hammerstein of New York City patented the first practical cigar-rolling machine.

1974 - "People" magazine debuted.

1997 - Divorce became legal in Ireland; it had been the only nation in Europe in which divorce was illegal.

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#259
Feb 28, 2013
 
1066 - Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opened.

1854 - A new political party was organized -- the Republican party -- in Wisconsin.

1993 - A gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the cult called the Branch Davidians; a 51-day standoff began.

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#261
Mar 1, 2013
 
1872 - Yellowstone became the first area in the world to be designated a national park, established by an act of Congress.

1932 - The infant son of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped from their home in New Jersey.

2002 - NASA said its Mars Odyssey spacecraft had found evidence that vast regions of Mars may have had water.

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#262
Mar 4, 2013
 
1789 - The Constitution of the United States of America went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York.

1861 - The Confederate States of America adopted the "Stars and Bars" flag.

1877 - Emile Berliner announced his invention of the microphone.

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Mar 5, 2013
 
1770 - The Boston Massacre took place. British soldiers, who had been taunted by colonists and hit with snowballs, opened fire and killed five people.

1946 - Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Missouri.

2004 - Martha Stewart was found guilty on four counts of obstruction of justice, stemming from her December 2001 sale of shares of biotech stock ImClone.

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Mar 6, 2013
 
1857 - In its "Dred Scott" decision, the Supreme Court held that Scott, a slave, could not sue for his freedom in federal court.

1884 - Over 100 suffragists, led by Susan B. Anthony, presented President Chester A. Arthur with a demand that he voice support for female suffrage.

1899 - Aspirin was patented by chemist Felix Hoffman.

1930 - Clarence Birdseye's first frozen foods went on sale in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Mar 7, 2013
 
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone.

1926 - The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York City and London.

1933 - The board game Monopoly was invented by Charles Darrow.

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Mar 8, 2013
 
1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York, a first in the U.S..

1913 - The Internal Revenue Service began to levy and collect income taxes.

1962 - The Beatles performed for the first time on the BBC in Great Britain.

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Mar 11, 2013
 
1779 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established.
1888 - The famous "Blizzard of '88" hit the northeastern United States with approximately 40 inches of snow; around 400 people died.

1990 - Lithuania proclaimed its independence from the USSR, the first Soviet republic to do so.

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Mar 12, 2013
 
1609 - Bermuda became a British colony.

1894 - Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time.

1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio "Fireside Chats."

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Mar 13, 2013
 
1639 - Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.

1781 - The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.

1852 - Uncle Sam made his debut as a cartoon character in the New York "Lantern."

1884 - Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States.

1935 - Tennessee outlawed the teaching of evolution.

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Mar 14, 2013
 
1743 - First American town meeting was held at Boston's Faneuil Hall.

1914 - Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12 hours to 93 minutes.

1945 - In Germany, a 22,000 pound "Grand Slam" bomb was dropped by the Royal Air Force Dumbuster Squad on the Beilefeld railway viaduct. It was the heaviest bomb used during World War II.

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Mar 18, 2013
 
1662 - The first public bus service began operating, in Paris.

1881 - Barnum and Bailey's "Greatest Show on Earth" opened in Madison Square Garden.

1930 - American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto.

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Mar 19, 2013
 
721 B.C.E.- The first-ever recorded solar eclipse was seen from Babylon.

1831 - The first bank robbery in America was reported, at The City Bank of New York City, which lost $245,000 in the heist.

1953 - The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time, with comedian Bob Hope serving as host.

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Mar 20, 2013
 
1841 - Edgar Allen Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," considered the first detective story, was published.

1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential novel about slavery, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," was published.

1969 - John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

1976 - Kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.

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