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1849 - The first photograph of a U.S. President, while in office, was taken by Matthew Brady in New York City.


1876 - Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. It was officially issued on March 7, 1876.
 

1900 - Russia imposed tighter imperial control over Finland in response to an international petition for Finland's freedom.
 

1945 - Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.

1946 - ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was unveiled. The device, built at the University of Pennsylvania, was the world's first general purpose electronic computer.

 

1983 - A 6-year-old boy became the first person to receive a heart and liver transplants in the same operation.

1989 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie because of his novel "The Satanic Verses."

1997 - Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery began a series of spacewalks that were required to overhaul the Hubble Space Telescope.

 
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