Death of St. Anthony the Abbot
Death of Theodosius; division of Roman Empire into East and West (Often called the beginning of the Middle Ages)
Death of Andre de Montbard, 5th Master of the Templars
Louis IV crowned Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick III the Wise, elector of Saxony, protector of Luther born
Johann Guntenberg granted a civil pension for services to Mainz, Germany
Leonhard Fuchs, Germany, botanist (History of Plants) born
Pius V, Pope 1566-1572. born
Gaspard Bauhin, Swiss botanist, anatomist; named the potato born
French Protestants (Hugenots)were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.
Henry IV, King of France, declares his intention to war on Spain
Pedro Caldron de la Barca, Spanish poet, dramatist born
American statesman, scientist and author Benjamin Franklin born
Charles Brockden Brown, father of the American novel. born
James Madison Randolph (Jefferson's grandson) 1st born in White House born
The first baby was born in the White House, the grandson of President Thomas Jefferson.
Short story writer Anton Chekhov (The Party, The Darling) born
David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister 1916-22 born
1st Cable Car is patented by Andrew S. Hallidie.
Mack Sennett, created Keystone Kops born
Actor Noah Beery (Mark of Zorro, Vanishing American, The Drifter) born
Silent movie producer (Michael Sinnott) Mack Sennett (Tillie's Punctured Romance, Kid's Auto Race, Mabel's Married Life, Cannonball, Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts) born
The 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70.
Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii was deposed in a bloodless revolution by a group of businessmen and sugar planters and a provisional government established, with annexation by the United States as its aim.
Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaim their independence from Mexico.
An earthquake in Mexico City kills 300.
Thomas Crapper, the supposed inventor and developer of the flush toilet mechanism that most of us use, passed away on this day.
An assassin attempts to kill Aristide Briand at Palais Bourbon.
Robert Scott reaches the South Pole only a month after Amundsen.
Raymond Poincare is elected president of France.
The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) was formed in New York City.
The United States bought 50 of the Virgin Islands in the West Indies from Denmark for $25 million.
U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes proposes an international board to maintain the open door policy in China.
Ballerina-actress Moira Shearer born
American composer Donald Erb born
Singer-actress Eartha Kitt (C'est Si Bon, Santa Baby) Her birth certificate was not found until 1997. Eartha had always celebrated her birthday as January 26, 1928 -- and she still does. born
Hockey Hall of Famer Jacques Plante born
Actor James Earl Jones born
Actress (Dawn Bethel) Sheree North (Marilyn Story, How to be Very Popular, Defenseless, Portrait of a Stripper) born
Ventriloquist and puppeteer Shari (Hurwitz) Lewis born
The Bach concerto for two violins was performed in New York to raise money to help scientists who had run afoul of Hitler. The second violin part was played by Albert Einstein.
The League of Nations votes to award Germany the Saar Basin on March 1, 1935.
Actor Troy Donahue (Hawaiian Eye, Parrish, A Summer Place) born
Talk show host Maury Povich born
Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia sign a non-aggression pact with Germany, while Norway, Sweden and Finland refuse.
The Reich issues an order forbidding Jews to practice as dentists, veterinarians and chemists.
Heavyweight boxing champion (Cassius Clay) Muhammed Ali, who floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. born
Russia rejects a Polish proposal to negotiate a boundary dispute.
Rhythm-and-blues singer William Hart (The Delfonics) born
Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War Two.
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.
Rock musician Mick Taylor . born
Nine bandits staged a $1.5 million robbery of a Brink's armored car in Boston.
Sheila Hutchinson of the Emotions born
Actor David Caruso (N.Y.P.D. Blue, An Officer and a Gentleman) born
Singer Paul Young (Everytime You Go Away) born
Singer Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) born
In his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."
Actor-comedian Jim Carrey (Cable Man, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Batman Forever, Finders Keepers, The Duck Factory) born
Soviet leader Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.
The U.S. accuses IBM of monopolizing the computer market.
Led Zeppelin released its first album.
Highway 51 South...also known as Bellvue Street...in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.
Public Health Service links smoking to fetal and infant risks.
Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first US execution in a decade.
Country singer Amanda Wilkinson born
Leonard Nimoy, of "Star Trek" fame, got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A jury in New Jersey rules that terminally ill patients have the right to starve.
President Reagan signed a secret order permitting the covert sale of arms to Iran.
Haiti held a presidential election run by the military-led junta that was boycotted by the opposition.
The Washington Redskins won the NFC championship by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 17-to-10; the Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns 38-to-33 to win the AFC title.
Five children were shot to death at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California, by a drifter who then killed himself.
A study concluded it is not oat bran itself, but substitution of oat bran or other foods for high-fat foods that cuts blood cholesterol.
A federal judge in Miami set a March 1990 date for ex-Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega's drug trafficking trial to begin. (After initial delays, Noriega was tried and convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, later cut to 30 years.)
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 114.60, the second highest one-day point gain ever.
On the first day of Operation Desert Storm, U.S.-led forces hammered Iraqi targets in an effort to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared that the "mother of all battles" had begun. Iraq attacked Israel with 10 Scud missiles.
The U.S. Patriot defense missile was used in battle for the first time to shoot down a Scud fired at Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that Florida dentist David Acer had infected three patients with the AIDS virus.
The United States, accusing Iraq of a series of military provocations, unleashed Tomahawk missiles against a military complex eight miles from downtown Baghdad. President-elect Clinton, arriving in Washington for his inauguration, backed the action.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion in damage.
More than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.
Russian forces unleashed a scorching barrage of rockets on Chechen rebels in Pervomayskaya. Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine followers were handed long prison sentences for plotting to blow up New York-area landmarks.
Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman got life in prison and 16 others were also sentenced to jail for plotting to bomb the United Nations.
David Watkins, who wrote the memo the White House sent to Congress two weeks earlier, testified before Congress that he felt pressure from the first lady but was never actually told to fire travel office staffers.
Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan died in Austin, Texas, at age 59.
Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed to submit to a reprimand by the House and pay a $300,000 penalty as punishment for his ethics violations.
Israel handed over its military headquarters in Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank city.
A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.
The Citadel announced that it had received 62 applications from women seeking to enroll the following year (1999). A spokesman for the South Carolina military college said they were on track to double the number of women at the school. This was the 3rd year women were allowed to attend the once all-male military school.
President Clinton gave a deposition in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against him; during the nearly six hours of sworn testimony, Clinton denied having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets, 23-to-10, to win the American Football Conference title; the Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-to-27, to win the National Football Conference championship.
Decrying the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery and racism, nearly 50,000 people marched to South Carolina's Statehouse on Martin Luther King Day to demand the banner be taken down.
British pharmaceutical firms Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC announced a merger to form the world's largest drug maker.
Woman aged 66 gives birth
Purged Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang dies at 85
Colombia releases official notice in response to Venezuela
Hong Kong Makes First File-Sharing Arrest
Mars lander website opens
Norwegian scientist published fake findings in Lancet
Former US President Gerald Ford hospitalized with pneumonia
Pakistanis condemn US airstrike
Australia to explore a national identity card
Rooney and Ferguson face inquiry over unsightly language
Couple takes lawyer hostage and said to have explosives
Southampton contemplate Theo Walcott transfer
Clarence Ray Allen is executed
Abductors of American journalist Jill Carroll release videotape with demands
Pakistani Official claims 'foreign terrorists' among civilians killed in U.S. airstrike
U.S. F-15 crashes near Okinawa
Terrorism expert says Osama Bin Laden could be dead
Chelsea's Robben sent off after "over celebrating"
Canadian CEO surrenders to police
New Zealanders being urged to become condom testers
Bravitude and Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation on the main French TV network
Sex industry plans live sex-on-demand video for hotels
Apple concerned with iPhone icons' alleged misuse
Israeli head of military Dan Halutz resigns
Report says US military gear sold to Iran and China
New Zealand's NCEA results due today onwards
Tom Cruise Scientology promotional video leaked to the Internet
Four paparazzi members arrested after chasing Britney Spears' car
Cricket: Australia vs India 3rd test - Day 2
Dam removal proposal for Klamath River
British Airways flight lands short of runway at London Heathrow Airport
Cricket: Australia vs India 3rd test - Day 1
UN appeals for US$42 million to assist victims of Kenya violence
Cadillac unveils Obama's 'Beast', the Presidential State Car
Israeli shelling on UN school on the Gaza Strip kills six
22 million counterfeit cigarettes found in Wales
Man arrested in Mississippi over Internet assassination threats against Barack Obama
US TV host Conan O'Brien leads in late night ratings
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent US$108 million on third term bid
Seven killed in Kenyan protest for radical Islamic cleric
Woman killed after train and car crash in Herefordshire, England
New York's JFK airport evacuated, reopened
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on medical leave
Online retailer Zappos.com hit by hackers
Wikipedia, Reddit in 'blackout' against SOPA, PROTECT IP laws
Woman gives birth on New Jersey PATH train
Jon Huntsman ends U.S. presidential campaign, endorses Mitt Romney