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On January 19th...

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James Watt1736 Inventor James Watt was born.

Robert E. Lee1807 Civil War General Robert E. Lee was born.

Edgar Allen Poe1809 Author Edgar Allan Poe was born.

Henry Bessemer1813 Henry Bessemer, inventor and founder of the modern steel industry, was born.

1825 Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtained a patent for their tin can.

1839 Painter Paul CÚzanne was born.

1840 An expedition led by Charles Wilkes discovered Antarctica.

1861 Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union.

1862 The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (also known as Fishing Creek and Logan's Crossroads) was fought.

1865 Union forces occupied Fort Anderson, North Carolina.

1903 The first regular transatlantic radio broadcast between the United States and England took place.
1903 The Tour de France was inaugurated.

1915 The neon tube sign was patented by George Claude.

1919 A "tidal wave" of molasses 15 meters high and 25 meters wide killed dozens in Boston, Massachusetts.

1922 A geological survey declared that the U.S. oil supply would be depleted within 20 years.

Janis Joplin1943 Folk/rock singer Janis Joplin was born.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission1975 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission went into operation.
Thomas Hart Benton1975 Painter Thomas Hart Benton died.

Hedy Lamarr2000 Actress Hedy Lamarr died.

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