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- 1516: Mary I, Queen of England, was born. Queen from 1553, she became known as "Bloody Mary" after her campaign against Protestants in England.
- 1546: Martin Luther, German Augustinian Friar and leader of the 16th century Protestant reformation, died.
- 1564: Michelangelo Buonarotti died. His works included the Sistine Chapel, "The Last Judgment" and the statue of "David."
- 1841: The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began, lasting until March 11.
- 1861: Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.
- 1885: Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the United States for the first time.
- 1908: U.S. postage stamps were sold for the first time.
- 1913: The famous French painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" was displayed at an armory show in New York City. The work was thought of as America's first exposure to modern art.
- 1930: Clyde William Tombaugh, working with photographic plates at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., discovered the planet Pluto.
- 1953: "Bwana Devil," the first 3?D movie, opened in New York.
- 1970: the Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.