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T.W.I.H.: Feb. 3-9

February 3, 1994: Clinton ends Vietnam trade embargo, nearly two decades after the fall of Saigon, U.S. President Bill Clinton announces the lifting of the 19-year-old trade embargo against Vietnam.

February 4, 1789: First U.S. president elected, George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast their votes.

February 5, 1917: Mexican constitution proclaimed. After seven years of revolution and civil upheaval, Mexican President Venustiano Carranza proclaims the modern Mexican constitution.

February 6, 1937: Of Mice and Men is published. On this day, John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, the story of the bond between two migrant workers, is published.

February 7, 1984: First human satellite. While in orbit 170 miles above Earth, Navy Captain Bruce McCandless becomes the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exits the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvers freely, using a bulky white rocket pack of his own design.

February 8, 1725: Peter the Great dies. On February 8, 1725, Peter the Great, emperor of Russia, dies and is succeeded by his wife, Catherine.

February 9, 1942: The Normandie catches fire. On this day, the largest and most luxurious ocean liner on the seas at that time, France’s Normandie, catches fire while in the process of being converted for military use by the United States.

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