Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, becoming the first public university in the United States (More info)

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, DC (More info)

1945 – The Russians liberate Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had killed over a million Jews (More info)

1967 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of the Apollo 1 spacecraft (More info)

1984 – Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium (More info)

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