This week in history

February 3, 1960

The colony of Massachusetts issued the first paper money in America. With a paper note, a person could make a trade for two schillings from the British treasury.

February 4, 2004

Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook — which he originally named “Thefacebook” — from his dorm room at Harvard University. As of 2012, Facebook has over one billion active users.

February 5, 1971

Apollo 14 became the third space manned mission to land on the moon, with Alan Shepard as the first American to travel into space as commander,

February 6, 1952

Queen Elizabeth II gained accession to the throne at the age of 25. Last year, the Diamond Jubilee celebration marked her 60-year reign.

February 7, 1935

The Parker Brothers first sold the board game Monopoly. The game has since sold more than 275 million units and is available in 111 countries and 43 languages.

February 8, 1960

The first eight star plaques were installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.The first star to be dedicated on the historic walkway was actress Joanne Woodward.

February 9,1942

President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round daylight-saving time nationally, known as “War Time,” as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

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