Captain James Cook killed by native Hawai'ians while investigating a theft of a boat by an islander.
Author, activist and orator Frederick Douglass born in Talbot County, Maryland.
Inventor of the ferris wheel, George Ferris born in Galesburg, Illinois.
TV comedian Jack Benny born in Waukegan, Illinois.
Arizona is admitted as 48th State of the Union.
Disc jockey Murray the K born in New York.
In the film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre a close-up of a lottery list shows the winning numbers drawn in the Mexican National Lottery, dated February 14, 1925.
St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Seven members of Chicago's Bugs Moran gang, waiting in a garage for a shipment of hijacked liquor, are executed by an Al Capone firing squad dressed in police uniforms.
ENIAC "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer", the first general-purpose electronic computer, was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
VI Winter Olympics open in Oslo, Norway.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House.
The Rushdie Affair begins when Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.
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