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1700 - The Pacific Island of New Britain was discovered.

1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

1861 - In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five protesting marchers were killed in the incident.

1867 - Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.

1883 - Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.

1900 - In South Africa, the British recieved an unconditional surrender from Boer Gen. Piet Cronje at Paardeberg.

1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.

1933 - The Reichstag, Germany's parliament building in Berlin, was set afire. The Nazis accused Communist for the fire.

1949 - Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president.

1991 - U.S. President George Bush announced live on television that "Kuwait is liberated."

1997 - In Ireland, divorce became legal.

1998 - Britain's House of Lords agreed to give a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference. 
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