On this day in 1887, Harvey Wilcox officially registers Hollywood with the Los Angeles County recorder’s office. Wilcox envisioned the land as the perfect site for a utopian-like community for devout Christians, where they could live a highly moral life free of vices such as alcohol.
On this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts. Sadly, it seems the annual visits to the writer's grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the "Poe Toaster" shall occur nevermore.
On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn. The holiday's roots can be traced to the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles for winter.
Germany has returned 45 artifacts to Iraq, including a 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, a Sumerian battle ax, and a stone from an Assyrian palace. The artifacts had been stolen from Iraqi museums in the wake of the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.
On this day in 1999, for the first time since Charlemagne's reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the "euro" debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets.