- 1942First gold recordGlenn Miller received the first ever gold record for selling a million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
Treaty of Paris signed, ending the French and Indian War. France ceded Canada and all its North American territories east of the Mississippi to Great Britain.
Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin was killed in a duel.
Queen Victoria married Prince Albert.
The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.
The 25th Amendment was ratified, establishing presidential succession.
IBM's computer, Deep Blue, beat the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in the first game of their match.
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Arthur Miller died.
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