Coronation of Otto I, King of the Lombards, as Holy Roman Emperor
Death of Sweyn, King of Denmark
Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor, claims the throne of Burgundy
Scheduled date for the Diet to convene at Augsburg, Germany, to settle the matters relating to Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII.
Fredrick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor, takes Crema, Italy, in a siege noted for atrocities
Hulagu Khan takes Baghdad
Marguerithe I, Queen of Denmark, named Queen of Norway
Coronation of Fredrick III as Holy Roman Emperor
Death of Murad II, Sultan of the Ottomans
Columbus begins the practice using Indians as slaves.
The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (possibly 1526) He composed and sang choral music for Pope Julius. born
The Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
The world's worst earthquake, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.
Opening of the Lutheran University of Jena
8 members of a Jesuit mission in Virginia killed by Indians
Death of Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina, composer
Coronation of Charles I as King of England
Death of St. Joan of Lestonnac
New Amsterdam -- now New York City -- was incorporated.
The British parliament assembled, including for the first time Irish representatives.
The first leopard to be exhibited in the United States was shown by Othello Pollard in Boston, MA.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed. The treaty turned over to the United States a huge portion of the present-day Southwestern United States, including Texas, New Mexico and California for $15 million.
Psychologist Havelock Ellis born
Samuel Langhorne Clemens decided to use a pseudonym, MarkTwain, for the first time.
The "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, New York, was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum.
Fritz Kreisler He was a child prodigy with the violin. Today we remember Kreisler for his violin exercises. born
The National Baseball League was formed, with teams in Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; New York; Philadelphia; St. Louis; Louisville, Ky.; and Hartford, Conn.
Irish novelist James Joyce (Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Finnegan's Wake, Chamber Music) born
Charles Correll, Andy of radio's "Amos and Andy" program born
William Painter, of Baltimore, MD, patented the crown-cork, bottlecap.
National Football League co-founder George Halas born
Fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site nine years later.)
One of the first great violinists of the recording age Jascha Heifetz (Vilnius, Lithuania) born
Mexican government troops are badly beaten by Yaqui Indians.
Novelist Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged) born
Actor (Charles Aldrich) Gale Gordon (The Lucy Show, The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, My Little Margie, Our Miss Brooks) born
Jim Thorpe signed a pro baseball contract with the New York Giants.
U.S. Senate votes independence for Philippines, effective in 1921.
Russia signed the Treaty of Tartu (Dorpat), under which Russia recognized Estonian independence in perpetuity.
Airmail service opens between New York and San Francisco. Airmail's First Day.
Actress Elaine Stritch born
Great tenor saxophonists in jazz Stan Getz born
Two days after becoming chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler ordered dissolution of the German Parliament.
Alfred Rosenberg is made philosophical chief of the Nazi Party. Alfred Rosenberg, the "philosopher" of National Socialism, dealt in the mystic nonsense that passed for Nazi doctrine.
Leonard Keeler conducted a test of the polygraph (lie detector) machine, in Portage, WI. It marked the first time that one was used.
Comedian Tom Smothers born
Hungary breaks relations with the U.S.S.R.
Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash born
Television executive Barry Diller born
The remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War Two.
The Germans stop an Allied attack on Anzio, Italy.
President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill departed Malta for the summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
Some 1,200 Royal Air Force planes blast Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe.
Ecuador declares war on Germany.
Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) born
Actress Farrah Fawcett born
U.S. and Italy sign a pact of friendship, commerce and navigation.
Model Christie Brinkley born
Actress Kim Zimmer ("Guiding Light") born
Actor Michael Talbott born
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J-P ``The Big Bopper'' Richardson played what would be their final show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The three would be killed early the next morning in a plane crash.
Arlington and Norfolk, Va., peacefully desegregate public schools.
U.S. Senate approves 23rd Amendment calling for a ban on the poll tax.
8 of the 9 planets aligned for the 1st time in 400 years.
Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) born
Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle was elected president of Nicaragua.
Rock musician Ben Mize (Counting Crows) born
Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda, following a coup that ousted President Milton Obote.
The British Embassy in Dublin was burned down after a day of anti-British demonstrations.
Winter Olympics begin in Tokyo.
Rapper T-Mo (Goodie Mob) born
The West German government imposed foreign exchange controls following the massive flight from the dollar and buying of marks.
U.S. Jewish leaders bar a meeting with Egypt's Anwar Sadat.
Two Soviet cosmonauts carried out the first ever refueling in outer space of Salyut engines.
Sid Vicious, guitarist with notorious British punk group the Sex Pistols, died of a drugs overdose.
Reports surfaced that the FBI had conducted a sting operation targeting members of Congress using phony Arab businessmen in what became known as Abscam.
The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.
President Reagan sent advance copies of his fiscal 1986 budget to Congress and used his Saturday radio address to urge lawmakers to join in a "strong bipartisan effort" to enact his spending plan.
Oscar Arias Sanchez won Costa Rica's presidential election.
Liechtenstein's women voted for the first time in parliamentary elections.
Largest steel strike in American history, in progress since August, ends today.
In a poll conducted by "People" magazine, readers selected Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as their favorite, all-time acting greats.
The White House announced the resignation of CIA director William Casey, who was hospitalized and had undergone brain surgery.
In a speech the three major broadcast television networks declined to carry live, President Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
South African President P.W. Botha resigned as leader of the ruling all-white National Party.
Marshal Viktor Kulikov, Commander-in-Chief of Warsaw Pact forces since 1971, stepped down and was replaced by General Pyotr Lushev.
President Bush met at the White House with Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, after which both leaders sounded upbeat about US-Japanese relations.
Carlos Andres Perez took office as Venezuela's president.
In a dramatic concession to South Africa's black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela. Mandela was released nine days later.
Four top aides to executed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu were jailed for life on genocide charges.
In the Gulf War, Iraq fired Scud missiles at Israel and Saudi Arabia; no serious damage was reported.
Sports commentator Pete Axthelm died in Pittsburgh at age 47
Italy's President Francesco Cossiga dissolved parliament five months early to prepare for elections.
Longtime "Miss America" emcee Bert Parks died in La Jolla, California, at age 77.
The US Coast Guard shipped home 250 more Haitian refugees from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, a day after repatriating a shipload of about 150 Haitians.
The defense phase began in the Miami cocaine racketeering trial of Panama's Manuel Noriega after a seven-week recess.
More than 7,500 UMW miners went on strike against the Peabody Coal Co., the nation's largest coal producer.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton banned smoking in the White House.
In a speech to the National Governors' Association, President Clinton pledged to transform welfare into a "hand up, not a handout" by giving recipients training and then requiring them to work.
Venezuelan elder statesman Rafael Caldera was sworn in as president.
Russian ultra-nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said he was giving orders to test a new top-secret weapon that would kill Muslim soldiers in Bosnia.
The Commerce Department reported that its Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose for the fifth straight month, with a seven-tenths percent advance in December 1993.
President Clinton nominated Henry Foster Jr. to succeed fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders; however, Foster's nomination was later defeated in the Senate.
The leaders of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians held an unprecedented summit in Cairo to try to revive the Mideast peace process.
Dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly died at his Beverly Hills, California, home; he was 83.
A deep freeze continued in the Plains, the Midwest and much of the South, breaking temperature records that had stood for a century.
Authorities in Vallejo, California, recovered 500 pounds of stolen dynamite and arrested two men in bombings that destroyed three bank teller machines and blasted a crater into the side of a courthouse wall. (A total of six men ended up being charged in the case.)
The government released statistics showing deaths from AIDS fell by almost half during the first half of 1997, a decrease attributed to increased use of powerful combinations of medicines.
President Clinton borrowed a trick made popular by his two-time political foe Ross Perot to issue a triumphant budget forecast for 1999. The president, in a festive White House ceremony, took a big magic marker to a bold black chart depicting the 1999 federal budget deficit and scrawled "0!" in black ink. "I can be the first person to actually certify what the budget will say for the coming year," Clinton said in declaring his submission of the first balanced budget in 30 years.
Striking workers halted production at three Honeywell Inc. plants in the Minneapolis area.
Florida charged American Family Publishers and its celebrity spokesmen - Dick Clark and Ed McMahon - with using deceptive tactics to sell magazine subscriptions through its multimillion-dollar nationwide sweepstakes. "In their zeal to sell magazines, American Family Publishers and its high-profile pitchmen have misled millions of consumers. They have clearly stepped over the line from advertising hype to unlawful deception," Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth said. Butterworth filed a civil complaint against AFP, Clark and McMahon in state court in Tampa, where the company processes sweepstakes entries.
About 220,000 people were without power after torrential rains, howling winds and tornadoes ripped through southern Florida in the worst storms to hit the area in five years. The storms uprooted trees, damaged buildings, pulled down power lines and flooded streets over a wide area during afternoon and evening. A state of emergency was declared in Monroe County which includes the Florida Keys, where one person was reported killed.
President Clinton unveiled a $1.73 trillionr budget claiming the first surpluses in 30 years and pumping billions to schools, health and child care.
A federal jury in Portland, Oregon, ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby butchers" to pay $107 million in damages; the defendants said they would appeal.
Searchers recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in the Pacific Ocean, off the California coast.
Pope John Paul II has flu, taken to hospital
Australian churches begin campaign against late-term abortion
Australian PM arrives in Aceh
Man run over by train near Adelaide, loses both legs
Paedophile forced to flee Australian town
Nepal's King names new cabinet
Brazilian Ministry of Education defends external control over Universities
British Incapacity Benefit due to be overhauled today
Foreign troops should stay, says Iraqi President
Girl killed by falling tree
Bolivia rejects Chile's OAS candidate
Eastern Australia hit by severe storms
George Bush delivers State of the Union address
Swift satellite goes fully on-line
FARC attack: 16 Colombian soldiers dead
New drugs listed on Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
FBI to begin investigation into shooting of US Air Force MP
Bathurst, Australia's new hospital to be almost doubled in size
Ruddock hints at Australia Card
Israeli PM Ariel Sharon receives feeding tube
Puppies used to smuggle heroin
United States Department of Justice workers among government Wikipedia vandals
Estonian oil spill kills 5,000 birds
Americans practice attack response procedures
Tom Baker launched as voice of BT text messaging
British Columbia government gives Canadian sextuplets blood transfusions
Turner Broadcasting apologizes for Boston scare
Two Prime Ministers banned from Fiji
Publication date for last Harry Potter book announced
Smoking in public places banned in France
Sony Ericsson to produce low-cost mobile phones in India
Greek government faces censure motion by opposition
Davao City, Philippines militant leaders declare victory
Insurgents shoot down U.S. helicopter near Baghdad
Locals claim to have witnessed multiple UFOs over north London
YouTube to remove 100,000 videos
Woman found guilty of plotting to sell Coke documents to Pepsi
Comedian Al Franken to run for US Senate
75 million left without Internet access after fault in undersea cable
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz dies at 98
NASA to beam Beatles song into deep space
NASA holds ceremony to commemorate anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
Reports claim French President marries girlfriend
No fatalities as Boeing 727 crash lands in Bolivia
130,000 farmers protest in Mexico against NAFTA
NBA: Grizzlies trade Pau Gasol to Lakers
Scores killed in twin Baghdad marketplace attacks
5 dead in Chicago-area store shooting
Groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter weather for US
US presidential candidates gearing up for Super Tuesday
American swimmer Michael Phelps laments "bad judgment" in marijuana controversy
Supercross: Stewart wins 4th consecutive Monster Energy event in San Francisco, California
â¬8bn bank bailout in Ireland
Nuclear sites close as more UK workers walkout
Barclays Bank credit rating cut by Moody's
Eurovision '82 winner Nicole talks about 'Ein biÃchen Frieden', her success and the Contest today
Canadian National buys Chicago railroad
Heavy snow fall disrupts UK transportation and communications
US government to resume Haiti evacuations
Russian economy contracted by 7.9% in 2009
Obama announces US$3.8 trillion 2011 budget plan for US
African Union considers proposal to resettle Haitians
Woman blows herself up in Iraq; over 140 casualties
Roadside bombs kill two British soldiers in Afghanistan
U.S. improving Persian Gulf missile defense
Controversial Brazilian dam gets preliminary approval
China urges Obama to cancel Dalai Lama visit
Officials say at least seventeen killed by suspected US drones in Pakistan
Zimbabwean farmers' organisations warn of corn shortage
Indiana Department of Homeland Security violates Wikipedia copyright
BBC to cut Electric Proms for financial reasons
Massive snowstorm blasts most of United States
Texas teen enters guilty plea in shooting trial
Scientology guilty of fraud rules French appeal court
Susan G. Komen Foundation stops funding to Planned Parenthood
Mitt Romney wins Florida primary
Canberra Capitals extinguish the Fire, 76â68
Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies from injuries sustained during the Winter X Games XVII