1778—“Stars and Strips” arrives in foreign port for 1st time. (France)
1803—Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
1849—In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Mathew Brady)
1859—Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union.
1862—Galena, 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Connecticut.
1867—Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company issues 1st policy.
1867—Morehouse College organizes (Augusta, Georgia)
1889—1st train load of fruit (oranges) leaves LA for east.
1899—US Congress begins using voting machines.
1903—US Department of Commerce and Labor forms.
1912—Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state.
1919—United Parcel Service forms.
1929—St.Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, 7 gangsters killed, allegedly on Al Capone’s order.
1941—One millionth vehicle traverses the NY Midtown Tunnel.
1954—Sen. John Kennedy appears on “Meet the Press.”
1962—US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV.
1966—Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points.
1967—Aretha Franklin records “Respect”
1971—Movie “Ben Hur” 1st shown on television.
1978—1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments.
1980—“West Side Story” opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 3341 performances.
1985—Hostage CNN reporter Jeremy Levin is released in Beirut.
1998—Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
2013—Oscar Pistorius, a South African amputee sprint runner, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.