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1719 The first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis was in New England.
1844 Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic for the dental procedure. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, was the anesthetic.
1928 In Buenos Aires, police thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.
1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The U.S in turn declared war on the two countries.
1961 The first direct American military support for South Vietnam occurred when a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon.
1985 General Electric Company agreed to buy RCA Corporation for $6.3 billion. Also included in the deal was NBC Radio and Television.
1991 Salman Rushdie, under an Islamic death sentence for blasphemy, made his first public appearance since 1989 in New York, at a dinner marking the 200th anniversary of the First Amendment (which guarantees freedom of speech in the U.S.).
1997 Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a British leader in 76 years. He conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
1997 More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's "greenhouse gases."
1998 Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pushed through three articles of impeachment against President Clinton.
1998 The Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off on a nine-month journey to the Red Planet. However, the probe disappeared in September of 1999, apparently destroyed because scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values.
2000 Mario Lemeiux, owner of Pittsburgh Penquins, announced that he would end his three-plus year retirement and become an active National Hockey League player again. When Lemieux returned officially he became the first owner/player in NHL history.
2001 U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Zacarias Moussaoui was charged with six conspiracy charges. Moussaoui was in custody at the time of the attacks
2001 Ted Turner purchased 12,000 acres in Nebraska for Bison ranches.
2001 It was announced that U.S. President George W. Bush would withdrawing the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
2001 Federal agents seized computers in 27 U.S. cities as part of "Operation Buccaneer." The raids were used to gain evidence against an international software piracy ring.

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