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1800 – US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%)

1873 – “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne is published in France by Pierre-Jules Hetzel.

1928 – 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US.

1931 – “City Lights”, American silent comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premiers at Los Angeles Theater.

1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio.

1943 – USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean.

1944 – World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands.

1946 – 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime.

1957 – US Congress accepts “Eisenhower-doctrine”

1958 – 1st 2-way moving sidewalk in service, Dallas, Tx.

1961 – JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps.

1961 – “I Fall to Pieces” single released by Patsy Cline (Billboard Song of the Year 1961)

1967 – Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: Roy Emerson repeats previous year’s results; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 for his 5th straight Australian title.

1971 – UCLA starts 88 basketball game winning streak.

1973 – Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts.

1978 – Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio.

1989 – The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.

2000 – Super Bowl XXXIV, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16: MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB.

2003 – Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board.

2015 – Shake Shack founded by Danny Moyer first lists on the New York stock exchange.

2020 – The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva.