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This Day in History – February 2

1653 – New Amsterdam becomes a city (later renamed New York)
1802 – 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
1863 – Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the “Territorial Enterprise”
1869 – James Oliver invests removable tempered steel plow blade.
1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
1901 – Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization.
1913 – NYC’s Grand Central Terminal opens.
1923 – Ethyl gasoline 1st marketed, Dayton, Ohio.
1927 – Ziegfeld Theater (Loew’s Ziegfeld) opens at 6th Ave & 54th St. NYC.
1940 – Frank Sinatra’s singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
1942 – US auto factories switch from commercial to war production.
1955 – 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC.
1964 – GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy’s toy.
1974 – The F016 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
1977 – Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computers.
1980 – FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31 elected & public officials for bribes for political favors.
1984 – 1st Soap Opera Digest Award – Days of Our lives wins.
1991 – US postage is raised from 25 cents to 29 cents.
1992 – IRS & Willie Nelson settled on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)
2003 – Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All I Have’
2014 – Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers.
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