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3rd February

1468 Johann Gutenberg, German printer and inventor died, Greece declared war on Turkey,

1730 The first stock exchange quotations were published in the Daily Advertiser, London.

1809 * Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, German composer.

1870 USA the 15th Amendment (black suffrage) passed.

1916 The Canadian parliament building in Ottawa was destroyed by fire.

1917 The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Germany.

1928 * Frankie Vaughan, English singer and actor who starred in Let's Make Love (1960).

1929 * Val Doonican, Irish-born ballad singer and entertainer.

1950 * Morgan Fairchild, US film and television actress.

1959 Rock singers, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper died in a plane crash.

1960 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan outraged South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa.

1966 The first controlled landing on the Moon made by unmanned USSR spacecraft, Luna IX.

1969 The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasir Arafat head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

1978 Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat arrived in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.

1986 The Pope met Mother Teresa in Calcutta and visited her home for the sick and dying.

1994 US President Bill Clinton lifted the 19 year-long trade-embargo against Vietnam.

1995 Col. Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the space shuttle when the Discovery blasted off.

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