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1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray and recently some authors have argued that Gray should be considered the true inventor of the telephone
because Alexander Graham Bell allegedly stole the idea of the liquid transmitter from him

1929 – Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone’s gang, are murdered in Chicago.