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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Today in history—February 17

1801: The U.S. House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie by electing Thomas Jefferson president over Aaron Burr.

1819: The first version of the Missouri Compromise passes the U.S. House of Representatives, but it will fail in the Senate over a clause restricting attempting to restrict slavery in the new state.

1844: Aaron Montgomery Ward is born. While working as a salesman for the Marshall Field store, he will get the idea of selling goods by mail, and will create the first mail-order business at age 28 in 1872.

1874: Thomas J. Watson, the man who is credited as the true creator of the modern IBM, is born at Campbell, New York. His best-known statement, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers," said to have been made in 1944, is an urban legend.

1919: Sir Wilfrid Laurier (McGill Law 1864), Canada’s seventh prime minister, dies at Ottawa.

1933: Newsweek magazine goes on sale for the first time.

1958: Pope Pius XII declares St. Clare of Assisi the patron saint of television. It doesn't help.

1972: Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle go past the 15 million mark, surpassing the Ford Model T.

1981: Celebrity heiress Paris Whitney Hilton is born at New York City.

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On your website, it is posted that Sir Wilfrid Laurier was born in 1919, when he actually passed away in 1919. As well, he died in Ottawa, ON. [Thanks. You're right, and we've made the correction.]

Posted by: Lucy | Apr 5, 2005 6:46:46 PM

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