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T.W.I.H.: Feb. 17-23

February 17, 1801: Thomas Jefferson is elected president.

"Thomas Jefferson is elected the third president of the United States. The election constitutes the first peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another in the United States."

February 18, 1885: Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

"Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

February 19, 1847: The Donner Party is rescued from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

"The first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

February 20, 1962: John Glenn orbits the Earth.

"From Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut."

February 21, 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated.

"In New York City, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights."

February 22, 1980: A U.S. hockey team defeats a four-time medal winning team in the Olympics.

"In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York."

February 23, 1954: Children receive first Polio vaccination.

"A group of children from Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, receive the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk."

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