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► On Feb. 4, 1789, George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, is unanimously elected the first president of the United States. John Adams of Massachusetts was elected vice president. ► On Feb. 5, 1934, Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers, is born in Mobile, Ala. Aaron began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League and joined the Milwaukee Braves of the major leagues in 1954. ► On Feb. 6, 1820, the first organized immigration of freed slaves to Africa from the United States departs New York harbor on a journey to Freetown, Sierra Leone, in West Africa. The expedition was partially funded by the U.S. Congress, which had appropriated $100,000 for the trip. ► On Feb. 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport -- and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles. The British rock-and-roll quartet had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

► On Feb. 9, 1992, after stunning the world three months earlier with the news he had contracted the HIV virus and was immediately retiring from the game, basketball great Magic Johnson returns to play in the 42nd NBA AllStar game in Orlando, Fla. The crowd greeted him with a standing ovation. ► On Feb. 16, 1923 in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. The chamber was virtually intact, with its treasures and the perfectly preserved mummy of King Tut untouched after more than 3,000 years. ► On Feb. 13, 1945, the most controversial episode in the Allied air war against Germany begins as hundreds of British bombers descend on Dresden, Germany. With two days, the city was a smoldering ruin. Dresden had been regarded as one the world’s most beautiful cities for its architecture and museums. ► On Feb. 14, 1962, President John F. Kennedy authorizes U.S. military advisers in Vietnam to return fire if fired upon. Kennedy was acknowledging that U.S. forces were involved in the fighting, but he wished to downplay any appearance of increased American involvement in the war.

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visited the town each May for their annual fiesta. Every April 1, Truth or Consequences, or “T or C” as the locals call it, celebrates Ralph Edwards Day. • A small Japanese fishing village named Edo founded around the year 1200 has grown to the world’s most populous metropolitan area with 8,949,447 residents. Edo was renamed Tokyo in 1868, when it became the imperial capital. Tokyo’s entire urban area has a population of 35,623,327. The city had already reached 1,000,000 people back in the 1720s. It’s not only the most populous city in the world, it’s also the most expensive, with the highest cost of living worldwide. • Texas is home to the towns of Telephone and Telegraph. Telephone, Texas was named because the only telephone in the area was in the community’s general store. About 210 people live there these days. Telegraph’s name was based on all the telegraph poles cut to build communication lines to the U.S. Army forts just east of town. Today, it’s pretty much a ghost town, population, 3. • If you like fireworks, you’ll love the city of Tondabayashi, Japan, home to the largest annual fireworks display in the world. Several displays are held every August, with the main display consisting of 120,000 shells fired in less than an hour. • The Native Americans gave Ten Sleep, Wyoming its unusual name. This Indian rest stop was 10 days’ travel, or “10 sleeps” from Fort Laramie to the southeast and Montana’s Indian Agency to the northwest. Today this little community boasts 260 residents. • Mahatma Gandhi called Thiruvananthapuram, India, that country’s “Evergreen City.” This ancient city has been a busy trade center since 1000 B.C. It is home to the temple of Vishnu, the richest temple in the world, with its monumental items and assets valued in the $15 billion range. • Edgar Rice Burroughs was 35, nearly broke, and selling pencil sharpeners when he wrote the first Tarzan book. Beginning in 1912, Burroughs published 26 novels about our favorite jungle hero. His success allowed him to purchase a 550-acre ranch north of Los Angeles, which he appropriately named Tarzana. Within in a few years, the city had grown to surround the ranch, and Burroughs sold off part of his property for new homesites. This small community, incorporated in 1917, is still known as Tarzana, California, with a population of around 35,000.

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FAMOUS PEOPLE: MORLEY SAFER It would ld bbe ttough h tto find d someone who h hasn’t seen the face of Morley Safer on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Let’s trace his famous career back to his Canadian roots. • Toronto, Ontario, was home to an Austrian Jewish family, Max Safer, an upholsterer, and his wife Anna. In 1931, their son Morley was born. After Morley finished high school, he enrolled in the University of Western Ontario in London. At age 20, he landed his first job in journalism as a reporter for Woodstock, Ontario’s Sentinel-Review, and he dropped out of college. After a few other newspaper jobs, he was hired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a correspondent. • Safer was an eminent war correspondent, beginning with the 1956 Egypt-Israel conflict. He joined CBS in 1964, and moved to Vietnam, where he opened the network’s news bureau in Saigon, where he would remain for two years. It was his report on a “search and destroy” mission to the village of Cam Ne that first alerted viewers to the traumatic conditions of the Vietnam War. President Lyndon Johnson reacted negatively to Safer’s report, calling the head of CBS to complain. Johnson ordered a security check done on Safer, certain that he was a communist. LBJ was informed that Safer “wasn’t a communist, just a Canadian.” • Safer moved to London, England in 1967 as the city’s bureau chief, holding the post for three years, while still covering the world’s conflicts. In fact, in 1968, he proposed to his future wife over the phone while reporting from Nigeria, where he was reporting on that country’s civil war. • In 1970, Safer received the job offer that has taken him to this day. CBS’ newsmagazine 60 Minutes was in its third season when Safer accepted the position. He is now in his 44th season on

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