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Calendar :: Volume 03, Issue 03

February 1

  • On this day, American inventor Thomas Edison opened the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, N. J., 1893.

February 3

  • First American paper money issued by Massachusetts, 1690.
  • U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Germany (and enters World War I two months later), 1917.

February 4

  • Electoral College elects George Washington as first President of U.S., 1789.
  • First Winter Olympic Games begin, 1932.

February 6

  • President Ronald Reagan born on this day, 1911.

February 9

  • National Weather Service established, 1870.

February 11

  • On this day, former Florida prosecutor Janet Reno was sworn in as the first woman U.S. attorney general, 1993.

February 13

  • On this day, the great Italian astronomer Galileo appeared in Rome to be tried for heresy. The reason: his assertion that the earth revolved around the sun, 1633.

February 14

  • Oregon admitted as thirty-third state, 1859; Arizona forty-eighth state admitted to U.S., 1912.

February 15

  • First gummed postage stamps introduced, 1842.
  • Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak killed by an assassin aiming at President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami, 1933.

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