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On February third, 1959, a plane
crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of
rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big
On this date:
In 1690, the first paper money in America was
issued by the colony of Massachusetts. (The
currency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war
In 1783, Spain
recognized US independence.
In 1809, the
territory of Illinois was created.
In 1865, President
Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander
H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off
the Virginia coast. (The talks deadlocked over
the issue of Southern autonomy.)
In 1913, the 16th
Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a
federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1916, Canada's
original Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa, burned
In 1917, the
United States broke off diplomatic relations with
Germany, which had announced a policy of
unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1924, the 28th
president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson,
died in Washington at age 68.
In 1930, the chief
justice of the United States, William Howard
Taft, resigned for health reasons.
In 1989, Alfredo
Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than
three decades, was overthrown in a military coup.
Ten years ago: The
parliament of Bulgaria elected economist Andrei
Lukanov to replace a hard-line Communist as
Five years ago:
The space shuttle "Discovery" blasted
off with a woman, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first
time in NASA history. At the O.J. Simpson trial
in Los Angeles, prosecution witness Denise Brown
wept on the stand as she described the
humiliation and abuse of her sister, Nicole Brown
Simpson, at the hands of the former football
One year ago: The
Clinton administration told Congress a NATO-led
peacekeeping force could be needed in Kosovo for
three to five years and might include up to 4,000
"The path of
civilization is paved with tin cans."
Elbert Hubbard, American author and publisher