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1473 Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born.
1717 Actor David Garrick was born.
1803 Congress accepted Ohio's state constitution.
1807 Vice-President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason.
1831 The first practical U.S. coal-burning locomotive made its first trial run, in Pennsylvania.
1846 Texas officially moved its seat of government to Austin.
1864 Union troops captured Gainesville, Florida, during the Battle of Olustee.
1878 Thomas Edison received a patent for the gramophone (phonograph).
1881 Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1906 W.K. Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin incorporated Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in Battle Creek, Michigan.
1913 The first prize was inserted into a Cracker Jack box.
1917 Frederick Funston, botanist and adventurer, died.
1932 Astronaut Joseph P. Kerwin was born.
1933 Prussian minister Göring banned all Catholic newspapers.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the detention and
internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans.
1945 U.S. marines stormed Iwo Jima.
1953 Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the United States.
1960 Andrew, Duke of York, was born.
1965 The Cessna 188 Agwagon made its maiden flight, with R.D. Reagan.
1979 A Gates Learjet Model 29 crewed by Neal Armstrong, Pete Reynolds, and John Plunkett set a time-to-climb to 49,215-feet record.
1997 Deng Xiaoping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, died.
2008 Fidel Castro stepped down as President of Cuba due to poor health.
2016 Novelist Harper Lee died.
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