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In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope deployed into orbit from the space shuttle Discovery. The telescope is still in operation today, taking high-resolution pictures of planets, stars and galaxies. Above, Discovery’s robot arm holds the Hubble about 380 miles above Earth. (NASA handout photo, 1990)

1898: The United States formally declared war on Spain.

1901: New York became the first state to require automobile license plates; the fee was $1.

1918: Singer Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Va.

1945: Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

2009: Bea Arthur, the tall, husky-voiced actress who starred in TV’s “Maude” and “The Golden Girls,” died of cancer in Los Angeles; she was 86.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.