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Auschwitz Liberation Day
1662 The first American lime kiln began operation in Providence, Rhode Island.
1756 Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart was born.
1785 The first state university in the United States was chartered in Athens, Georgia.
1816 British Admiral Samuel Hood died.
1825 The U.S. Congress approved the establishment of Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.
1832 Author Lewis Carroll was born.
1850 American labor leader Samuel Gompers was born.
1851 Ornithologist and painter John James Audubon died.
1854 The Canadian Great Western Railway started operating.
1857 American politician Preston Brooks died.
1859 Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany was born.
1870 The first sorority,
Kappa Alpha Theta, was established at DePauw University.
1880 Thomas Edison was granted a patent for his incandescent light.
1885 Composer Jerome Kern was born.
1888 The National Geographic Society was formed in Washington, D.C.
1891 A mine explosion at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, killed 109 persons.
1894 The University of Chicago beat Chicago YMCA 19-11 in the first ever college basketball game.
Social Democrat Party of America held its first
1901 Composer Giuseppe Verdi died.
1909 The Young Left was founded in Norway.
1915 U.S. Marines occupied Haiti.
1918 The film Tarzan of the Apes premiered.
1921 Actress Donna Reed was born.
1922 Journalist Nellie Bly died.
1926 The U.S. Senate voted in favor of the United States joining the World Court.
1930 Singer Bobby Bland was born.
Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz and Birkenau
Concentration Camps in Poland.
1948 Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov was born.
1956 Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" was released.
1960 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian politician and diplomat, died.
1961 "Sing Along with Mitch" premiered on NBC-TV.
the Beatles was released in the United States.
1965 The first ground station-to-aircraft radio communication via satellite was completed.
A flash fire inside an Apollo spacecraft killed astronauts
Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B.
Chaffee during a test at Cape Kennedy.
1972 Singer Mahalia Jackson died.
1973 The United States and North Vietnam signed a cease-fire.
1976 "Laverne and Shirley" premiered on ABC-TV.
1977 "Roots" premiered on ABC-TV.
1983 The world's longest underwater tunnel, connecting Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan (33.5 miles), opened.
1984 Michael Jackson suffered burns during filming of a Pepsi commercial.
1991 The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV.
1993 Wrestler André the Giant died.
1994 Actor Claude Akins died.
1996 Colonel Ibrahim
Baré Maïnassar overthrew President Mahamane Ousmane of
Niger in a military coup.
2004 Talk show host Jack Paar died.
2008 Gordon Hinckley, president of the Mormon Church, died.
2009 Author John Updike died.
2010 Author J.D. Salinger died.
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