Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.
Using electricity and magnetism, sound waves were captured, processed and replayed from speaker-to-listener across a distance. It wasn’t until 3 days after Bell filed for the patent that he transmitted the first famous message: “Mr. Watson, come here, I need you.”
Watson was Thomas Watson, a machine shop worker, who helped Bell develop the prototype.
His patent was filed just hours before a very similar invention by Elisha Gray, who had been commissioned by Western Union.
Robert Frost’s famous poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is first published in The New Republic magazine.
Frost himself was a failed farmer, but his poetry covered rural and agricultural themes.
Though he never graduated from college, he was bestowed with 44 honorary degrees and lectured at Harvard and Dartmouth, among other schools.
Hitler orders Nazi troops into the Rhineland, violating historical treaties and making a bold land grab for his empire.
That territory was off-limits to any military following World War I. He spent two years building up Germany’s armed forces, and began his invasion of Poland from the Rhineland 3 years later.
The Soviet Union denies any connection to Klaus Fuchs, who had recently been convicted of spying on American and British atomic weapon plans.
Fuchs’ interrogations helped uncover an extensive network of spies. He even pointed to David Greenglass as an informant, who had given up information to Julius Rosenberg.
Throughout Fuchs’ trial the Soviets never owned up to having connection to Fuchs.
At the 82nd Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win the best director trophy.
It came for her movie “The Hurt Locker,” which told the stories of an American bomb squad in Iraq.
She was also only the 4th woman ever to be nominated for Best Director. The Hurt Locker also took home best picture and best screenplay that year.