Death of St. Shahdost of Persia
Execution of the Caliph al-Musta'sim of Bagdad, by Hulagu Khan
Assassination of James I, King of Scotland
Charles I, King of Spain born
Gentile Bellini, Italian artist born
Juan Ponce de Leon sets out for Florida with 200 colonists
Coronation of Edward VI, King of England
Burial of John Dowland, lutenist and composer
Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, Eng. chief minister, founder of Tories born
The House of Commons votes the House of Lords as "useless and dangerous"
The first known Indian scalping by white men was reported in the New Hampshire colony.
American Revolutionary War hero William Prescott. born
Holy Roman Emperor Joseph the Second died.
Carl Czerny was born. His studies are played to this day. born
President Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Postal Service. Letters delivered up to 30 miles cost six cents to mail. For letters up to 150 miles, postage was 12 cents.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government was no greater than that of any individual state of the Union.
"The Barber of Seville" , Rossini's opera, was premiered, however, at the time there was already a popular opera by another composer based on the same Beaumarchais comedy. Fans of that opera booed Rossini's, but his version quickly became an even bigger hit.
Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Growchow.
Ludwig Boltzmann, atomic physics engineer born
Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine for manufacturing paper bags. Patent # 123811 allowed the bags to have two longitudinal inward folds.
Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley of Granville, Massachusetts, patented the toothpick manufacturing machine.
University of California gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF).
Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of America's most prominent abolitionists, died in Washington, D.C. (He was probably 78, although his exact date of birth is unknown.)
Enzo Ferrari, sports car manufacturer born
J. F. Pickering, a black inventor, received a patent for his airship invention.
Photographer Ansel Adams born
Pope Leo XIII celebrates 25 years as the Pope.
Soviet leader Alexei Kosygin born
Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.
The founder of the Little League Baseball Organization, Carl E. Stotz, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In his honor, the regional winners from the U.S. compete in the Little League World Series in his hometown. born
"What's My Line" TV emcee John Daly born
President Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.
The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.
Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt born
Movie director Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, Nashville, Brewster McCloud). born
Olympic pole vaulter Bob Richards born
Actor Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, To Sir With Love, Sneakers) born
Actress (Beverly Neill) Amanda Blake (Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty) born
The House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition.
Race car driver Bobby Unser born
Switzerland bars all Nazis from entering the country.
Jazz-soul singer Nancy Wilson (How Glad I Am, Face It Girl, It's Over, What Are You Doing New Years?) born
Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Anthony Eden resigned as Britain's foreign secretary to protest the "appeasement" policy of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain toward Nazi Germany.
The Chicago Symphony under the direction of Frederick Stock premiered a piano concerto by Rudolph Ganz which the composer, who also soloed, based on themes drawn from the license plate numbers of his two cars.
Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie (I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again, Mister Can't You See, Up Where We Belong) born
Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito. born
Movie director Mike Leigh ("Secrets and Lies") born
Franklin D. Roosevelt authorizes the internment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast.
Lt. Edward O'Hare downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington, which earns him the Congressional Medal of Honor.
During World War Two, US bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."
Actress Sandy Duncan (Peter Pan, Pinnochio, Roots) born
Jazz and soul guitarist J. Geils. born
Actress Brenda Blethyn ("Secrets and Lies") born
Actor Peter Strauss (Peter Gunn, Rich Man Poor Man, The Yearling) born
The British pledge to leave India by June 1948.
Actress Jennifer O'Neill (The Summer of '42, Cover-Up, Rio Lobo) born
Author-socialite Ivana Trump born
Rock singer-musician-producer Walter Becker (Steely Dan) born
Country singer Kathie Baillie. born
Actor Edward Albert (Mind Games, Butterflies Are Free, The Heist) born
A true American classic, "The African Queen", opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City. The film starred Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, under the direction of John Huston.
One of baseball's most popular figures, Emmett L. Ashford, became the first black umpire in organized baseball. Ashford was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.
Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. born
The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.
Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) born
The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.
American astronaut John Glenn landed safely after three orbits of Earth in a Mercury space capsule "Friendship Seven."
Basketball player Charles Barkley. born
Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) born
Basketball player Charles Barkley born
Moscow offers to allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.
Baseball great, Willie (The Say Hey Kid) Mays, signed with the San Francisco Giants as baseball's highest paid player (to that time). He earned $100,000 a year.
Actor French Stewart ("3rd Rock from the Sun") born
The "Ranger Eight" spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
Model Cindy Crawford. born
The National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered radio and TV stations across the US to go off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.
Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.
After a decade of marriage, Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. Not long afterwards, she filed for divorce.
Singer Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) born
Actress Majandra Delfino ("Traffic") born
The space shuttle Columbia cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch as the spacecraft fired its three engines in a 20-second test.
Singer-musician Chris Thil born
Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million renovations.
Israel's Cabinet, at the request of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, voted to retain former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon as a member of two key government bodies involving defense and Lebanon.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher addressed a joint meeting of Congress in which she praised the U.S. administration's policies and endorsed President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.
The sale of contraceptives was made legal in Ireland.
Actor Jake Richardson born
Los Angeles Dodger's pitching ace Orel Hershiser became the first player to receive a one million dollar salary by arbitration. He was a 19-game winner in 1985 at the age of 27.
President Reagan visited Grenada, scene of the 1983 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Caribbean island's Marxist government.
Soviet authorities released Jewish activist Josef Begun.
After 11 years on ABC's "Good Morning America," David Hartman left the show. He introduced the new co-host, Charles Gibson.
A bomb blamed on the Unabomber exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring a store executive.
U.S. figure skater Brian Boitano won a gold medal in the men's competition at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada, with Brian Orser of Canada placing second.
Members of the European Economic Community decided to withdraw their top diplomats from Iran to protest Ayatollah Khomeini's order for Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie
President Bush welcomed Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel to the White House, promising trade rewards for Prague's moves toward democracy.
In the Persian Gulf War, Baghdad radio said President Saddam Hussein would be sending Foreign Minister Raeiq Aziz back to Moscow with a reply to a Soviet peace plan.
Quincy Jones' "Back on the Block" was named album of the year at the 33rd Grammy Awards.
Texas billionaire Ross Perot told CNN's "Larry King Live" he would run for president if his name were placed on the ballot in all 50 states.
Rightist Salvadoran leader Roberto D'Aubuisson died at age 48.
South African President F.W. de Klerk stunned his country by announcing a whites-only referendum on ending apartheid.
The hijacking of a Russian jetliner finally ended in Stockholm, Sweden. The Azerbaijani who commandeered the plane after it departed from Siberia gave up his demand to go to the U.S. and surrendered.
Police in Liverpool, England, charged two ten-year-old boys with the abduction and slaying of toddler James Bulger, a crime that shocked the country and terrified parents. (Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were later convicted.)
Bosnian Serbs, faced with the threat of air strikes, pulled back most of heir heavy guns from around Sarajevo as a NATO deadline approached.
A U.S. Marine, Sgt. Justin A. Harris, died in a helicopter crash during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Somalia. ember.
Patrick Buchanan won the New Hampshire Republican primary by a slim margin over Bob Dole.
Gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and his former bodyguard were acquitted of murder in the
The National Transporation Safety Board called for a speedup in the redesign of the rudder controls on Boeing 737's, citing potential problems suspected in a pair of deadly crashes.
With the U-S military poised to attack Iraq, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a final campaign to end the crisis over UN weapons inspections without bloodshed.
Tara Lipinski of the US won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, becoming at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history; Michelle Kwan won the silver.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson was interrupted by demonstrators protesting the Clinton administration's stance on Iraq during a speech, and he responded that the demonstrators "are wrong." About 50 protesters drowned out Richardson with chants during his breakfast speech to a foreign policy forum at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Prosecutor Kenneth Starr defended his aggressiveness in probing the White House sex scandal, and suggested he was ready for a court fight with President Clinton over the limits of White House secrecy.
The crew of Mir celebrated the 12th anniversary of the space station by flying their escape capsule around the aging, accident-prone ship.
Movie reviewer Gene Siskel died at a hospital outside Chicago; he was 53. (I can't believe it has been a year already.)
The United States and five other nations agreed to extend by three days the deadline for a Kosovo peace agreement. (NATO had threatened airstrikes against the Serbs if they did not reach an agreement with Albanian insurgents.)
The Fox TV network canceled the scheduled rebroadcast of its highly rated special "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" after learning that the groom, Rick Rockwell, was once accused of hitting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend, accusations Rockwell denied.
China steps up anti-gambling campaign
Cricket: Australia defeats New Zealand in series opener
US and Japan offend Beijing over Taiwan
Spain to vote on EU constitution
David Beckham's new son, Cruz is born
Disturbances after football match in Liverpool
Starburst across galaxy impacts Earth's ionosphere
Plague kills scores in Democratic Republic of Congo
New Zealand medical student funding to be reviewed
Leader of 1992 pro-democracy uprising joins calls for Thaksin's resignation
Pittsburgh's Bettis to work as NBC studio analyst
Canadian convoy attacked by Taliban, Afghans mistakenly gunned down
Founder of the National Ballet of Canada dies at age 85
U.S. develops parks above highways
Cuba to use open-source software
Italian Judges allow marriage "by phone"
British actress Emily Perry dies at 100
National Hockey League news: February 20, 2008
Blu-ray prevails in high definition disc war
Taipei International Book Exhibition: Varied fiction books showed different authoring style
Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Aceh
Space Shuttle Atlantis completes mission STS-122
Joop den Uyl biography reveals Northrop bribe of Prince Bernhard
Dutch tennis player Raemon Sluiter ends his career in Rotterdam tournament
Dutch financial institution ING takes impairment charge
Sarkisian wins Armenian presidential elections
Malaysian general election update
McCain, Obama win Wisconsin primary
European Court of Human Rights orders UK to compensate Islamist
Magnitude 5.4 earthquake shakes Pakistan
Sheffield pub is CAMRA's Pub of the Year
AIM activist, Leonard Peltier defender Robert Robideau dies
Jury acquits three in Politkovskaya murder trial
Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at lowest level in six years
Israel seizes West Bank land
New South Wales, Queensland to have electorates redrawn: Australian Electoral Commission
Former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig dies at age 85
At least one dead, eighteen injured after grenade attacks in Rwanda
Dutch government collapses over Afghanistan troops
Inventor Ronald Howes dies at age 83
Music duo The Bellamy Brothers accuse Britney Spears of plagiarism
Ten children killed in Estonian orphanage fire
Guatemalan football executive shot dead after team meeting
US call centre business to create 600 jobs in Wales
UK politician foresees nuclear Iran triggering new Middle Eastern cold war
Iraq police academy suicide bomb attack kills eighteen
Spain starts IPC Alpine World Championships with first and fifth place finishes
Slovak Henrieta FarkaÅ¡ovÃ¡ wins downhill event at IPC Alpine World Championships
Spaniard Jon Santacana wins downhill at IPC Alpine World Championships
Australian Governor-General visits Wagga Wagga
Presenter Derek Batey dies at age 84