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This Day in History for February 14

1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Mathew Brady)

1876 – Alexander G. Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents…Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor.

1899 – US Congress begins using voting machines.

1919 – United Parcel Service forms.

1924 – Thomas J. Watson renames the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) as International Business Machines (IBM)

1931 – The original “Dracula” film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released.

1939 – Victor Fleming replaces George Cukor as director of film “Gone With the Wind”

1951 – Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title.

1954 – Senator John F. Kennedy appears on “Meet the Press”

1960 – 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson survives a 37 car crash on turn 4 to win driving a John Masoni owned Chevrolet.

1962 – US 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV.

1966 – Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points.

1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House.

1978 – 1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments.

1982 – 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins with margin of victory over Cale Yarborough an impressive 23 seconds, more than half a lap.

1989 – The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.

1998 – Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.

2010 – 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray, driving for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing wins, Mark Martin, oldest polesetter in Daytona 500 history at 51 years, 27 days.

2019 – US Senate confirms William Barr as Attorney General.

2019 – JP Morgan is the first bank to create its own crypo-currency JPM coin.

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