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1492 - The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.

1859 - Erastus Beadle published "The Dime Book of Practical Etiquette."

1879 - Thomas Edison began construction on his first generator.

1893 - The first commemorative postage stamps were issued.

1929 - The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.

1942 - The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

1968 - Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant.

1968 - Fidel Castro announced petroleum and sugar rationing in Cuba.

1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.

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