Death of St. Pietro Damiani
Pope Gregory VII excommunicates, anethemizes and deposes the Emperor Henry IV, and releases his subjects from their oaths of obedience.
Deadline set by Tribur for Emperor Henry IV of Germany to submit to Rome
Coronation of Pope Innocent V
Death of St. Margaret of Cortona
Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.
Charles VII, King of France born
Ladislas, King of Bohemia and Hungary born
Murder of William, the Earl of Douglas, by James II, King of Scots
Death of Amerigo Vespucci
Robert Southwell, English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
Accession of Romanov dynasty to Russian throne
Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
The call for a National Covenant of Scotland is published
Earliest grant of tolerance to Jews in the New World in the Dutch West Indies
The first president of the United States (1789-1796), George Washington, was born at his parents' plantation in the Virginia Colony. born
Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist & 1st biographer of Bach born
American painter Rembrandt Peale born
A US merchant ship, the "Empress of China," left New York City for the Far East.
Philosopher and athiest Arthur Schopenhauser born
Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
Spain sells eastern Florida to the U.S. for $5 million.
Russia and Britain establish the Alaska/Canada boundary.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement born
Jefferson Davis is inaugurated president of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. for the second time. Jefferson Davis'
Nathan Bedford Forrest's brother, Jeffrey, is killed at Okolona, Miss.
Federal troops capture Wilmington, N.C.
Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, New York.
President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union.
"Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar Wilde, was first performed, at London's St. James's Theater.
Hawaii becomes a US Territory.
A fistfight breaks out in the Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman suffers a bloody nose for accusing Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.
Actor Robert Young (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby M.D.) born
Actor Sheldon (Bershad) Leonard (It's a Wonderful Life, Guys and Dolls) born
Actor Sir John Mills born
The Great White Fleet returns to Norfolk, Va., from an around-the-world show of naval power.
Canadian Parliament votes to preserve the union with the British Empire.
The American Relief Administration appeals to the public to pressure Congress to aid starving European cities.
Columbia University declares radio education a success.
Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
Emmy Award-winning Director Bud Yorkin born
Pope Pius rejects Mussolini's offer of aid to the Vatican.
Maurice Chevalier recorded "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" for Victor Records in New York City.
Adolf Hitler is the Nazi Party candidate for the presidential elections in Germany. The election of Hitler was the beginning of the Thousand-Year Reich.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) born
Baseball manager Sparky (George) Anderson born
All plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt's sleep.
Movie director Jonathan Demme born
Actor John Ashton ("Beverly Hills Cop") born
Gorgeous George and Ernie Dusek ushered in a brand new era in professional wrestling on this night, with the debut of "flying leaps, sequins and schmaltz" according to the sports scribes covering the event.
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving born
Actress Ellen Greene born
Actress Julie Walters born
The Atomic Energy Commission discloses information about the first atom-powered airplane.
The U.S. signs a military aid pact with Peru.
U.S. is to install 60 Thor nuclear missiles in Britain.
Actor Kyle MacLachlan born
A Soviet bid for new Geneva arms talks is turned down by the U.S.
Moscow warns the U.S. that an attack on Cuba would mean war.
Filming began for the Beatles' second movie, "HELP!", in the Bahamas.
A report from Africa indicates that the world's first white gorilla has been found.
Actress Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek born
Actor Jose Solano ("Baywatch") born
Actress-singer Lea Salonga born
President Nixon meets with Mao Tse-tung in Peking.
Tennis player Michael Chang born
The United States and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.
Actress Drew Barrymore born
In a stunning upset, the United States Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets at Lake Placid, New York, 4-to-3. (The U-S team went on to win the gold medal.)
Britain and the U.S. send warships to the Persian Gulf following an Iranian offensive against Iraq.
Pop artist Andy Warhol died at a New York City hospital at age 58.
Bonnie Blair of the US won the women's 500-meter speed-skating event at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada.
In Lebanon, the kidnappers of US Marine Lieutenant Colonel William R. Higgins released a videotape in which Higgins asked the US to meet his abductors' demands.
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, who had sentenced author Salman Rushdie to death, said economic sanctions would not change his stance, and that publication of Rushdie's book, "The Satanic Verses," was a sign from God that Iran should not reach out to the West.
Former President Reagan's videotaped testimony for the trial of former national security adviser John Poindexter was released in Washington; in his deposition, Reagan said he never had "any inkling" his aides were secretly arming the Nicaraguan Contras.
President George Bush and America's Gulf War allies gave Iraq 24 hours to begin withdrawing from Kuwait, or face a final all-out attack. Iraq denounced the "shameful" U.S. ultimatum, aligning itself with a Soviet peace plan the United States had rejected.
The UN Security Council unanimously approved creation of an international war crimes tribunal to punish those responsible for atrocities in former Yugoslavia.
A jury was seated in Los Angeles in the federal trial of four police officers accused of violating Rodney King's civil rights.
The Justice Department charged 31-year CIA veteran Aldrich Ames and his wife, Rosario, with selling US national security secrets to the Soviet Union. (Ames was later sentenced to life in prison; his wife received a five-year prison term.)
France accused four American diplomats and a fifth U.S. citizen of spying, and asked them to leave the country.
Security forces in Algiers crushed a prison uprising by Islamic extremists, resulting in 96 deaths by official count.
The space shuttle Columbia blasted into orbit on a mission to unreel a satellite on the end of a 12.8 mile cord.
President Clinton announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Russia and the head of the International Monetary Fund reached a deal for a loan of more than $10 billion dollars to back up free-market reforms.
Cutbacks began under new welfare law limiting childless adults, under age 50 and able to work, to three months of food stamps in any three-year period.
Albert Shanker, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers who championed public school reforms, died in New York at age 68.
Abraham A. Ribicoff, the former Connecticut governor and senator who served as President Kennedy's secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, died in Riverdale, New York, at age 87.
The Czech Republic defeated Russia 1-to-0 to win men's hockey as the Nagano Winter Olympics came to a close.
Monica Lewinsky's lawyer said there was no "quid pro quo" for the help presidential confidant Vernon Jordan gave the former White House intern to find a public relations job.
Levi Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation gap, announced it was closing 11 plants.
John McCain won Republican primaries in Michigan and his home state of Arizona.
Canada's next ambassador to U.S. instigates outrage over missile defense
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Iran
Arsenal beat Real Madrid 1-0
Australian resort manager faces possible 10-year prison sentence in Indonesia
Preparations for inaugural Bathurst International Motor Festival begin
Baltimore police seek sex offender for failure to register
Hope fades for families of trapped Mexican miners
Tibetans protest Google on Valentine's Day
Mozambique and Zimbabwe struck by earthquake
Telecom New Zealand reviews itself, finds fault
On bereavement and acceptance: Yale study of grief process
Large study provides new insights in autism's genetic code
One of Canada's last WWI veterans dies at age 107
Pakistani minister assassinated for not wearing veil
Elton John AIDS Foundation Party to mark the Academy Awards
Draft treaty to ban cluster bombs reached in New Zealand
Robert Gates hopes to continue US troop cuts in Iraq
Steve Wright, killer of five women in Suffolk, England, sentenced to life imprisonment
Australian drug regulator requires warning on Zolpidem
Barack Obama wins Democrats Abroad primary
Turkey sends thousands of troops into northern Iraq
Taipei International Book Exhibition: Rain causes traffic jam around exhibition hall
American Airlines plane diverted to Miami after landing gear problem
46-passenger Venezuelan plane reported missing
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Over a dozen injured, one killed in bomb blast in Egypt
Number of cholera cases in Zimbabwe reaches 80,000
Endangered Luzon Buttonquail photographed alive by Philippines documentary
Australian football: Adelaide United defeat Queensland Roar, through to A-League Grand Final
Adela LupÈe, outburst TV presenter, gives her side
Bulgarian chess grandmaster attempts to break chess record
California's violent video game ban law ruled unconstitutional by US Court of Appeals
Launch of space shuttle Discovery delayed indefinitely
At least 73 dead after blast in Chinese coal mine
Lufthansa pilots begin strike
Runways 'destroyed' at Libyaâs Benina International Airport
Australian Governor-General travels to Kuwait amidst terror threats
Egyptian man names daughter 'Facebook'
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits New Zealand's South Island; dozens dead
Libya blocks access to Internet
Phones without Internet access join the Facebook revolution
Scottish prosecutors keeping quiet about Lanarkshire surgical deaths
UK's Wright Stuff comments about Liam Aitchison murder 'resolved', Ofcom concludes
Tameside Council seek to ban English Defence League rally
Golf: Tseng successfully defends her title in Thailand
Writs issued for Queensland election
Austria leads medal count after second day of IPC Alpine World Championships
Second day at IPC Para-alpine World Championships at La Molina delivers surprises