February 3

1468

Johann Gutenberg, German printer and inventor, died.

1870

The 15th Amendment (black suffrage) passed.

1913

The 16th Amendment, establishing federal income tax, was ratified.

1917

The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Germany.

1959

Rock singers, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper died in a plane crash.

1995

Col. Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot the space shuttle when the Discovery blasted off.

1998

Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984.

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