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• On Feb. 6, 1820, the first organized immigration of freed slaves to Africa from the United States departs New York on a journey to Sierra Leone, in West Africa. The expedition was partially funded by the U.S. Congress, which appropriated $100,000.
• On Feb. 1, 1887, Harvey Wilcox officially registers “Hollywood” with the Los Angeles County recorder’s office. Wilcox and his wife bought 160 acres of land in the foothills west of Los Angeles. They envisioned it as the perfect site for a utopian-like community for devout Christians, where they could live a highly moral life free of vices such as alcohol.
• On Feb. 9, 1900, the silver trophy known today as the Davis Cup is first put up for competition when American collegian Dwight Filley Davis challenges British tennis players to come across the Atlantic and compete against his Harvard team. In 1904, Belgium and France entered the competition.
• On Feb. 8, 1924, America’s first execution by lethal gas is carried out in Nevada. The executed man was Tong Lee, who was convicted of murdering a rival Chinese gang member. Lethal gas was seen as a more humane method of carrying out death sentences.
• On Feb. 4, 1938, Walt Disney releases “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first animated feature to be produced in English and in Technicolor. Naysayers warned him that audiences, especially adults, wouldn’t sit through a feature-length cartoon fantasy about dwarfs. The film was a smash hit.
• On Feb. 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport — and “Beatlemania” arrives. The Beatles were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot.
• On Feb. 3, 1966, the Soviet Union makes the first controlled landing on the moon, when its unmanned spacecraft Lunik 9 touches down on the Ocean of Storms. After a soft landing, it began transmitting images back to Earth.
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