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On January the 19th
1977 
In Miami, Florida the first and only ever recorded snowfall took place.
1966 
Swedish tennis player, Stefan Edberg, was born in Vastervik, Sweden. He was ranked the No. 1 professional tennis player in the early 1990's.
1966 
Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister of India.
1946 
American country singer and actress, Dolly Parton, was born in Tennessee. She was born into a very poor family and later rose to become one of the most celebrated country music singers in the United States.
1943 
American singer, Janis Joplin, was born in Port Arthur, Texas. She died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
1883 
The first ever electric lighting system employing overhead wires began servicing the town of Roselle, New Jersey. It had been built by Thomas Edison.
1851 
Argentine writer, Esteban Echeverria, died at the age of 78. He is considered as one of the most influential Latin American authors of the 19th century.
1839 
French painter, Paul Cezanne, was born in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is considered as one of the most important post-Impressionism painter and considered by many as the father of Cubism.
1809 
American writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement.
1807 
American general, Robert E. Lee, was born in Lexington, Virginia. He was the most successful general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.
1736 
Scottish inventor, James Watt, was born in Greenock, Scotland. He invented the steam engine.
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