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Coronation of Edward III as King of England.
Death of Charles IV, "the Fair," King of France
The city of Milan rebels against the French occupation
Sir Edward Coke, English jurist, politician, defender of common law born
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, signs the Warrant of Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
The codification of the Virginia tobacco laws takes place.
Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, Italy, violin-maker born
Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat.
The Supreme Court of the United States convened in New York City for its first session.
France declared war on England and Holland.
The world's first dental college opened in Baltimore, Maryland.
Composer Victor Herbert (Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta, Ah Sweet Mystery of Life) born
Texas voted to secede from the Union.
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was first published in "Atlantic Monthly". The lyric was the work of Julia Ward Howe.
Bricklayers start working 8-hour days.
First woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Hattie Caraway (Arkansas) born
The first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
"Semi-barbaric." That was the word used to describe Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony in the New York Post. The Post reviewer went on to describe the symphony's orchestral colors as "decidedly too loud."
Inventor Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio, his "Black Maria," in West Orange, New Jersey.
The father of stride piano James P. Johnson. Through the 1920s, Johnson recorded with a stream of stars ranging from Jabbo Smith to Bessie Smith. born
Film director (Sean O'Feeney) John Ford (The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man) born
Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin.
What's believed by some to be the first auto insurance policy was issued by the Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, to a Dr. Truman J. Martin of Buffalo, New York. He paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.
American actor Clark Gable born
Poet Langston Hughes (Way Down South) born
U.S. Secretary of State John Hay protests Russian privileges in China as a violation of the "open door policy."
Britain and France agree to stay neutral if Japan and Russia go to war.
Humorist S. (Sidney) J. Perelman (Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, One Touch of Venus, Strictly from Hunger, Westward Ha!, Around the World in 80 Clichs) born
Ellington band trombonist Joe ``Tricky Sam'' Nanton. Nobody ever played the plunger mute better on trombone. born
Germany contests French rule in Morocco.
King Carlos I of Portugal was assassinated together with his son in Lisbon.
U.S. troops leave Cuba after installing Jose Miguel Gomez as president.
Passport photographs were first required in Great Britain.
The first Miss America was crowned, not in Atlantic City, but in New York City. Edith Hyde, it was discovered, was not a Miss. She was Mrs. Tod Robbins, the mother of two children.
The 1st armored car is introduced.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence.
The British government recognizes the U.S.S.R.
Actor Stuart Whitman born
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin born
Singer Bob Shane (Group Greenback Dollar, Where Have All the Flowers Gone) born
Actor Stuart Whitman (Cimarron Strip, The Seekers, Trial by Jury, Private Wars, Omega Cop, Delta Fox, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Rio Conchos, The Longest Day, Ten North Frederick, Silver Lode) born
Singer Don Everly (Group Phil: Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy's Clown, All I Have To Do Is Dream) born
Actor Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live, The Anderson Tapes, Almost Blue) born
Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) born
Actor Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons, All in the Family, Dinosaurs, Amen, Mr. Nanny, Love at First Bite) born
Bluegrass singer Del McCoury born
Jazz musician Joe Sample born
Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "And the Angels Sing", on Victor Records.
Hockey player Wayne Rivers born
Frank Sinatra cut his first record with the Tommy Dorsey Band. The song was ``The Sky Fell Down.''
The U.S. Pacific fleet batters Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.
Vidkun Quisling became prime minister of Norway.
Comedian Terry Jones (Monty Python series; director Python series, Personal Services) born
American tanks and infantry are battered at German positions in Fais pass.
One of America's most highly decorated military units of World War Two, the 442d Regimental Combat Team, made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, was authorized.
Actor Dennis Farina (Get Shorty, Street Crimes, The Hillside Strangler, Code of Silence, Crime Story) born
U.S. forces take the beaches on the Marshall Islands.
U.S. Rangers and Filipino guerrillas rescue 513 American survivors of the Bataan "death march".
Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
Third A-bomb tests are completed in the desert of Nevada.
Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) born
Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy (Palm Springs Weekend, Twilight Zone-The Movie, Lost in Space, The Rockford Files, Sunshine, Babylon 5) born
Rock singer Exene Cervenka (X) born
Egypt and Syria proclaimed the union of their two countries in a state to be known as "The United Arab Republic."
Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they'd been refused service.
Kamuzu Banda was sworn in as the first prime minister of Nyasaland (Malawi).
President Lyndon B. Johnson rejects de Gaulle's plan for a neutral Vietnam.
Princess Stephanie of Monaco born
Actress Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Fatal Instinct, Of Mice and Men, Diary of a Hitman, Wild at Heart, The Wild Life) born
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 others are arrested in protest against voter discrimination in Alabama.
Richard M. Nixon enters the presidential race.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley born
During the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene captured in a famous news photograph.
South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu declares martial law.
Comedian Pauly Shore born
The soundtrack album from the movie, "Love Story", starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw, with music by Frances Lai, was certified as a gold record.
Evonne Goolagong scored her first major senior singles victory as she defeated Margaret Court in the finals of the Victorian Open, played in Melbourne, Australia.
More than 220 people died in a fire in a newly built skyscraper in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) born
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.
Actor Jarrett Lennon born
Two days of anti-government riots in Port-au-Prince result in 14 dead.
Terry Williams of Los Gatos, California, won the largest slot machine payoff to that time, winning $4.9 million after getting four lucky 7s on a machine in Reno, Nevada.
Denying any wrongdoing, Attorney General Edwin Meese the Third said he didn't recall a portion of a memo from a friend concerning a proposed Iraqi pipeline project that referred to a plan to bribe Israeli officials.
In his first diplomatic mission of the Bush administration, Vice President Quayle began a trip to Venezuela and El Salvador.
East Germany's Communist premier, Hans Modrow, appealed for negotiations with West Germany to forge a "united fatherland."
Thirty-five people were killed when a US-Air jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
South African President F.W. de Klerk said he would repeal all remaining apartheid laws.
George Bush and Boris Yeltsin held their first meeting since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The two presidents vowed to work together to democratize Russia.
Ron Carey was sworn in as the first Teamsters president elected by the union's rank-and-file.
Federal judge Irving R. Kaufman, who sentenced Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to death, died in New York at age 81.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announced his country would repatriate about 100 Palestinians deported to Lebanon, an offer rejected by the deportees.
Eduardo Mata and the Dallas Symphony recorded on Dorian. It's an all-Respighi program, "The Pines of Rome," "Roman Festivals," and a far less known piece called "Brazilian Impressions."
United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali backed the use of air power in Bosnia.
Jeff Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, pleaded guilty in Portland, Oregon, to taking part in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding.
Communist Vietnam raised its red flag in Washington for the first time 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War as the two old foes began a new chapter, opening liaison offices in each others' capital.
The Federal Reserve boosted interest rates by 0.5 percent, the seventh rate hike in a year. House Republicans pushed through a bill restricting the federal government's ability to impose unfunded mandates on states.
Both houses of Congress voted overwhelmingly to rewrite the 61-year-old Communications Act, freeing the exploding television, telephone and home computer industries to jump into each other's fields.
Poland's president named Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, an ex-communist leader who had often stood outside his dominant party's mainstream, as prime minister to lead the country out of political crisis.
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori said he would open a "preliminary dialogue" with rebels holding 72 hostages in Lima, but again rejected their main demand that the government release their jailed comrades.
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Herb Caen died in San Francisco at age 80.
With Israeli and Palestinian leaders digging in their heels, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright conceded she'd made little progress in a whirlwind visit to the region to prod the two sides closer together.
With the promise of huge federal surpluses, President Clinton proposed a $1.77 trillion budget for fiscal 2000.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Clinton.
Senator John McCain defeated Texas Governor George W. Bush to win the Republican New Hampshire primary; Vice President Al Gore edged Bill Bradley to win the Democratic primary.
Mother of first Australian soldier killed in Iraq expresses anger
US guards kill four in Iraqi prison riot
Poll shows Romanians are optimistic about current government
Blair says Iraq election was blow against global terrorism
Iraqis vote in massive numbers
Venezuela-Colombia crisis:Castro intervenes, Chavez and Uribe scheduled to meet
Colombia releases detailed report about the FARC
Brazil forbids previous release of statistical data
Australian Prime Minister to visit Aceh
Microsoft releases new MSN Search
Human rights group critical of US opposition to ICC in Darfur
Nepalâ€™s King Gyanendra dismisses the government, claims power for himself
Don Brash gives third Orewa speech
AT&T sued over NSA eavesdropping
Online retailers in Canada experience strong growth
Scientists shocked at Great Barrier Reef bleaching
Rumsfeld explains renaming of war
Australia to send 200 more troops to Afghanistan
President Bush delivers State of the Union Address
January floods wreak havoc in Singapore
US minimum wage moves to Congressional negotiations
US Singer Brandy involved in fatal car crash; sued for $50 million
Microsoft to establish its R&D center in Shanghai
Vermont town to vote on charging US President, Vice President of war crimes
Microsoft bids $44 billion for Yahoo!
International manhunt for alleged kidney harvester
Chad military clashes with rebels in N'djamena
High level al-Qaeda leader reported dead
Envelopes containing white powder sent to Church of Scientology locations in southern California, USA
Taipei Game Show review: Variations differ from past years
Fast track offer if Iceland applies to join EU
New Icelandic government to take office today
Cyprus detains weapon-laden ship
National Guard mobilized in Kentucky ice storm aftermath
15 killed and 22 injured after fire in Chinese bar
Israeli military launches airstrikes into Gaza Strip
Derailments close Australian rail routes
British PM condemns walkouts
Tarja Turunen reveals working title for new album
US nationals arrested for alleged abduction of Haitian children
Ban Ki-Moon says Cyprus solution "possible"
Building collapses, leaving four dead in Hong Kong
Kidnapped British couple "need urgent help"
Cricket: Caloundra defeat Glasshouse in Sunshine Coast, Queensland division one limited overs final
Moscow detains anti-Kremlin protesters
Egypt protests: Army say they will not use force on demonstrators as Mubarak announces cabinet
California teacher arrested after photos indicated lewd acts on children
United States economy shrinks by 0.1% in last quarter of 2012
British Prime Minister David Cameron makes unannounced visit to Libya