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1817 - The first gaslit streetlights appeared on the streets of Baltimore, US.

1876 - Julius Wolff was credited with being the first to can sardines.

1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. U.S. forces won the battle on February 22, 1944.

1947 - The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

2005 - U.S. President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first national intelligence director.

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