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1790 – The Supreme Court of the United States convened for the first time, in New York City.   1862 – Julia Ward Howe’s poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was published in the Atlantic Monthly.   1884 – The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary A–Ant, was published.   1946 – A press conference announced the first electronic digital computer, ENIAC, was held at the University of Pennsylvania.   1960 – Four black college students began a series of sit-ins at a white-only lunch counter in Woolworth’s, Greensboro, N.C.   1968 – During the Vietnam War, a Viet Cong officer was executed with a pistol shot to the head by Saigon’s police chief and the image captured in a famous news photograph.   2003 – The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it tried to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere after a sixteen-day mission in space. All seven members of the crew were lost.   2004 – Janet Jackson’s famous “wardrobe malfunction” occurred at Super Bowl XXXVIII.]]]]> ]]>

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