1899: Aspirin was patented on behalf of Friedrich Bayer & Co.
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1977: "Ask President Carter," the first presidential phone-in radio show was broadcast on CBS
1841: William H. Harrison inaugurated as 9th U.S. President; upon his death a month later, the vice president, John Tyler, became the 10th U.S. President
Died 1959: Lou Costello (actor & comedian)
1958: First crossing of Antarctica by land completed by Dr. (later Sir) Vivian Fuchs and team. It had taken 99 days.
1872: Congress created Yellowstone National Park, the nation's first national park
1953: James D. Watson and Francis H. C. Crick announced discovery of DNA's chemical structure
Died 2011: Frank W. Buckles (last surviving U.S. WW I veteran; he was 110 years old)