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1554 São Paulo, Brazil, was founded.
1627 Chemist Robert Boyle was born.
1715 Surveyor and explorer Thomas Walker was born.
1759 Poet Robert Burns was born.
1783 Businessman William Colgate was born.
1799 Eliakim Spooner received the first U.S. patent for a seeding machine.
1810 Clarina Irene Howard Nichols, woman's suffrage advocate, was born.
1825 Rensselaer Polytechnic, the first engineering college in the United States, opened.
1840 An American naval expedition under Charles Wilkes became the first to identify Antarctica as a continent.
1857 Businessman William Colgate died.
1858 Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was first played, at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria to the Crown Prince of Prussia.
1860 Charles Curtis, U.S. Congressman, Senator, and Vice-President, was born.
1863 Quaker preacher Rufus Matthew Jones.
1870 The soda fountain was patented by Gustavus Dows.
1874 Author W. Somerset Maugham was born.
1881 Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company.
1882 Author Virginia Woolf was born.
1890 The United Mine Workers of America was formed.
1915 Alexander Graham Bell placed the first transcontinental telephone call.
1919 Television journalist Edwin Newman was born.
1924 The 1st Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France.
1931 Actor Dean Jones was born.
1933 Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines, was born.
"Guiding Light" premiered on NBC Radio.
1938 Singer Etta James was born.
1947 Gangster Al Capone died.
1949 The first Emmy Awards were presented.
1961 John F. Kennedy held the first
nationally televised live news conference.
1970 M*A*S*H, the movie, premiered.
1971 Idi Amin seized control of the government of Uganda.
1972 Carl T. Hayden, the longest-serving United States Senator in history, died.
1973 Missionary Eli Stanley Jones died.
1981 Dancer Adele Astaire died.
1990 Actress Ava Gardner died.
1997 Astrologer Jeane Dixon died.
2004 The Opportunity rover landed on Mars.
2016 Actor Mike Minor died.
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