On Feb. 6, 1959, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit.
On Feb. 6, 1989, the Polish Round Table Talks began in Warsaw, Poland. The government initiated the discussion with the banned trade union Solidarność and other opposition groups in an attempt to defuse growing social unrest. The talks ended on April 4, 1989, with the legalization of independent trade unions and the introduction of a representative legislature, including the office of President, which annulled the power of the Communist party general secretary. In elections that June, Solidarność won almost every single seat on the ballot.