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'The Big Three' meet for Yalta Conference Leaders of WWII's Allied forces, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin Roosevelt, convene in Yalta, a Crimean resort town, to discuss postwar plans for dividing up a war-ravaged Europe. Many will come to believe the meeting lays the foundation of the Cold War.On this day — February 4 1945
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Disney
Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' opens Walt Disney's first full-length animated feature is released and will defy naysayers, winning both critical praise and boffo box office returns, eventually earning more money than any previous film in history.On this day — February 4 1938
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George Washington elected first US president In a unanimous vote, the US Electoral College elects General George Washington to the presidency. He will again be elected unanimously to a second term in 1792, with John Adams serving as vice president both times.On this day — February 4 1789
George Washington elected first US president In a unanimous vote, the US Electoral College elects General George Washington to the presidency. He will again be elected unanimously to a second term in 1792, with John Adams serving as vice president both times.On this day — February 4 1789
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Kalpana Chawla dies in Columbia shuttle disaster The 113th space shuttle flight, returning from a successful 16-day orbit, breaks apart on reentry, killing all seven astronauts on board. Among the deceased is Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla. The disaster will put an end to shuttle missions for two years.On this day — February 1 2003
Kalpana Chawla dies in Columbia shuttle disaster The 113th space shuttle flight, returning from a successful 16-day orbit, breaks apart on reentry, killing all seven astronauts on board. Among the deceased is Indian astronaut Kalpana Chawla. The disaster will put an end to shuttle missions for two years.On this day — February 1 2003
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The Greensboro Four stage sit-in protest Four black college students sit down at the Woolworth
The Greensboro Four stage sit-in protest Four black college students sit down at the Woolworth's "whites only" lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, inspiring a powerful civil rights sit-in movement throughout America.On this day — February 1 1960
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Puccini
Puccini's opera 'La bohème' premieres in Italy The lives and lusts of Parisian bohemians play out in famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's latest opera, 'La bohème.' It premieres in Turin, Italy, and will gain worldwide fame.On this day — February 1 1896
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The first volume of the
The first volume of the 'Oxford English Dictionary' published Words from 'A to Ant' are covered in the first fascicle, or volume, of what will become the world's definitive collection of English words, their etymology, and their definitions. Public reception of the first volume will be disappointing, with sales totaling just 4,000.On this day — February 1 1884
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Catastrophic European flood kills thousands Roiling out of the North Sea, a storm bearing 100-mph winds and flooding rain devastates the Netherlands, destroying 50,000 buildings, leaving 300,000 homeless, and killing more than 1,500.On this day — January 31 1953
Catastrophic European flood kills thousands Roiling out of the North Sea, a storm bearing 100-mph winds and flooding rain devastates the Netherlands, destroying 50,000 buildings, leaving 300,000 homeless, and killing more than 1,500.On this day — January 31 1953
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First daytime network TV soap opera debuts
First daytime network TV soap opera debuts 'These Are My Children' is broadcast live on Chicago's NBC station. It's the first in what will become an institution of daytime drama serials, many of which will be sponsored by--yes--soap manufacturers. Television soap operas will begin dying out in the 21st century as tastes change.On this day — January 31 1949
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US Army Private Eddie Slovik executed for desertion In the first execution of an American soldier for desertion since the Civil War, and the only one in the whole of WWII, Private Eddie Slovik of the 28th Infantry Division dies by firing squad.On this day — January 31 1945
US Army Private Eddie Slovik executed for desertion In the first execution of an American soldier for desertion since the Civil War, and the only one in the whole of WWII, Private Eddie Slovik of the 28th Infantry Division dies by firing squad.On this day — January 31 1945
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English conspirator Guy Fawkes foils own execution Guy Fawkes, head of The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the English parliament in London
English conspirator Guy Fawkes foils own execution Guy Fawkes, head of The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the English parliament in London's Westminster Palace, leaps off a ladder to his death moments before his planned hanging.On this day — January 31 1606
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Kiss
Kiss 'rock and roll all nite' for the first time Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley change their band’s name from Wicked Lester to perform as Kiss for the first time. A few months later they'll add their iconic makeup, and the rest will be Kisstory.On this day — January 30 1973
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Northern Ireland suffers
Northern Ireland suffers 'Bloody Sunday' British soldiers fire on unarmed Catholic civil rights protestors during a Derry, Northern Ireland, march, killing 14 and wounding 17. The incident ratchets up tension and strife during The Troubles.On this day — January 30 1972
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Mahatma Gandhi assassinated Gandhi, India
Mahatma Gandhi assassinated Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader whose use of nonviolent civil disobedience led to his country's independence from British colonial rule, is slain in New Delhi by a Hindu extremist.On this day — January 30 1948
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England
England's King Charles I executed on charge of treason Controversial from his reign's start, King Charles clashed frequently with the English parliament, leading to two civil wars, Oliver Cromwell's rise, and finally to his own beheading.On this day — January 30 1649
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Challenger space shuttle explodes after liftoff Seven crew, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, die when the Challenger space shuttle explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A single faulty
Challenger space shuttle explodes after liftoff Seven crew, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, die when the Challenger space shuttle explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A single faulty 'O-ring' will be identified as the cause of the explosion.On this day — January 28 1986
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Allies break
Allies break 'Burma Road' blockade WWII Allied forces reopen part of the Burma Road, a 717-mile supply route between Burma's coast to Kunming, China after a three-year Japanese blockade, allowing China to again receive vital materials.On this day — January 28 1945
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A future nuclear scientist is born Raja Ramanna is born to a judicial servant in the princely State of Mysore. Ramanna will grow up to be a nuclear scientist. He will be handpicked by the legendary Homi Bhabha to work on India’s nuclear program, which Ramanna will later lead (after Bhabha’s untimely death in 1966).On this day — January 28 1925
A future nuclear scientist is born Raja Ramanna is born to a judicial servant in the princely State of Mysore. Ramanna will grow up to be a nuclear scientist. He will be handpicked by the legendary Homi Bhabha to work on India’s nuclear program, which Ramanna will later lead (after Bhabha’s untimely death in 1966).On this day — January 28 1925
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Britain
Britain's first Caribbean colony is founded on St. Kitts Citing abundant salt deposits and friendly natives, Sir Thomas Warner establishes a colony on St. Kitts Island. Within 16 years the natives will be killed or exiled, and African slaves imported to work newly planted sugar cane plantations.On this day — January 28 1624
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Japanese soldier found on Guam 27 years after WWII ends Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese Imperial Army sergeant, is found living in a remote underground jungle cave on the island of Guam. Having believed it is his duty to die rather than surrender after WWII ends, Yokoi says, upon his return to Japan, "It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned."On this day 24 January 24 1972
Japanese soldier found on Guam 27 years after WWII ends Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese Imperial Army sergeant, is found living in a remote underground jungle cave on the island of Guam. Having believed it is his duty to die rather than surrender after WWII ends, Yokoi says, upon his return to Japan, "It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned."On this day 24 January 24 1972
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