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  • In 1779, Capt. James Cook was killed by natives in Hawaii.
  • In 1849, James K. Polk became the first sitting president to have his photograph taken.
  • In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state in the Union.
  • In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone.
  • In 1912, Arizona was admitted as the 48th state in the Union.
  • In 1918, the Soviet Union was among the last major countries to adopt the Gregorian calendar.
  • In 1949, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, convened for the first time.
  • In 2005, YouTube was launched by a group of college students.
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