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.