(1881) – Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company. The pair also founded the Anglo-Indian Telephone Company. They were licensed to sell telephones in about a dozen countries in Asia and Europe.
(1924) – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps. Medals were awarded in 16 events including bobsled, curling, ice hockey, military patrol, skating (figure skating and speed skating) and four skiing events. Sixteen nations competed in the Games with Norway finishing first in the medal count with four gold, seven silver, and six bronze.
(1949) – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club. The original awards were meant to recognize local Los Angeles area talent and production. Shirley Dinsdale, a ventriloquist, was awarded the very first Emmy award for Most Outstanding Television Personality
(1961) – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was broadcasted on radio and television and streamed from a podium in the State Department auditorium. The year prior Kennedy and Richard Nixon held the first televised presidential debate.