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*1933Three years after her husband's assassination, Corazon Aquino, born this day in 1933, was elected president of the Philippines in February 1986, restoring democracy after the long dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. 
*1882British writer Virginia Woolf, who made an original contribution to the form of the novel and was one of the most distinguished critics of her time, was born in London. 
*1874English author W. Somerset Maugham, best known for the novels Of Human Bondage (1915), The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Cakes and Ale (1930), and The Razor's Edge (1944), was born. 
*1759Robert Burns, national poet of Scotland, was born in Alloway in Ayrshire. 
2001A minor earthquake hit northeastern Ohio. The quake measured only 4.2 on the Richter Scale. 
1999At least 1,000 people were killed when an earthquake hit western Columbia. The quake registered 6.0 on the Richter Scale.  
1999In Louisville, KY, man received the first hand transplant in the United States.  
1998The Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos had lost 3 previous Super Bowl appearances with quarterback John Elway.  
1995The defense gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial.  
1993A gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside the agencies headquarters in Virginia. Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani national, was later convicted of the shootings.  
1987The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC. The game featured TV commercials cost $550,000 for 30 seconds.  
1981Jiang Qing, Mao's widow, was tried for treason and received a death sentence, which was subsequently commuted to life imprisonment.  
1981The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.  
1971Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree. They were all sentenced to death for the 1969 killings. The sentences were later commuted to life sentences.  
1971Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.  
1961John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.  
1959In the U.S., American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.  
1950A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.  
1949The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.  
1946The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.  
1945Richard Tucker debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in the production of "La Gioconda".  
1937NBC radio presented the first broadcast of "The Guiding Light." The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBS-TV in 1952.  
1927Jack Benny married Sadye Marks on this day. Sadye changed her name to Mary Livingstone.  
1924The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.  
1915In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.  
1890The United Mine Workers of America was founded.  
1881Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.  
1870G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.  
1858Mendelssohnís "Wedding March" was presented for the first time, as the daughter of Queen Victoria married the Crown Prince of Prussia.  
1799Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.  
1579The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.  
1554Jesuit missionaries founded the city of S„o Paulo (now in Brazil) on the anniversary of the conversion of St. Paul. 
1533England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.  
1504The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries, to curb private warfare.  
844A Roman archdeacon named John was elected antipope against the nobility's candidate, Pope Sergius II. 
41Claudius affirmed as Roman emperor.
On this day in AD 41, Claudius I, who extended Roman rule in North Africa and made Britain a province of Rome, was affirmed as emperor, ascending to the post one day after the murder of his nephew, Gaius Caesar (Caligula).
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Famous Birthdays
1981 - Alicia Keys
1975 - Mia KirshnerActress
1971 - China Kantner
1938 - Etta JamesBlues Singer
1933 - Corazon Aquino
1931 - Dean Jones
1919 - Edwin Newman
1918 - Ernie Harwell
1882 - Virginia Woolf
1759 - Robert Burns

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