This week in New England history: Jan. 18-24

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A list of significant dates in New England history:

Jan. 18


Guglielmo Marconi

1782: Daniel Webster, U.S. Congressman, Senator, Secretary of State, Supreme Court advocate, supporter of pre-Civil War sectional compromise, is born in Salisbury, New Hampshire.
1903: Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of wireless telegraphy, transmits the first transatlantic radio message from Cape Cod to England.

Jan. 19

1809: Edgar Allan Poe, author of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and other literary classics is born to traveling actors in Boston.

Jan. 20

USS Nautilus

USS Nautilus

1955: The Navy launches the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, in Groton, Connecticut.
1998: Two UMass-Amherst researchers announce that they had successfully cloned two calves.

Jan. 21

1738: Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War hero and founder of the Republic of Vermont, is born in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Jan. 24

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton

1639: Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders (the first state constitution).
1862: Edith Wharton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Ethan Frome,” “The House of Mirth,” and other works of fiction (who lived, for many years, in the Berkshires), is born in New York City.