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T.W.I.H.: Jan/Feb. 27-2

January 27, 1926: Baird demonstrates TV, on January 27, 1926, John Logie Baird, a Scottish inventor, gives the first public demonstration of a true television system in London.

January 28, 1986: Challenger lost after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger is lost just after liftoff on this day in 1986, killing the seven astronauts aboard.

January 29, 1861: Divided Kansas enters the Union, the territory of Kansas is admitted into the Union as the 34th state, or the 28th state if the secession of eight Southern states over the previous six weeks is taken into account.

January 30, 1835: Shots fired in the House of Representatives, in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol, President Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, survives the first attempt against the life of a U.S. president.

January 31, 1971: Apollo 14 departs for the moon, piloted by astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell, and Stuart A. Roosa, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a manned mission to the moon.

February 1, 1961: Peace Corps established, on March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order #10924, establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State.

February 2, 1943: Germans surrender at Stalingrad, on this day, the last of the German forces fighting at Stalingrad surrender, despite Hitler’s earlier declaration that “Surrender is out of the question."

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