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1564 - The artist Michelanglelo died in Rome.

1735 - The first opera performed in America.


1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.

1930 - The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The discovery was made as a result of photographs taken in January 1930.

1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden "flight" sitting on top of a Boeing 747.

1998 - In Russia, money shortages resulted in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons. 

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