Martyrdom of St. Montanus and St.Lucius
Publication of the first Roman edict for the persecution of Christians
St Nicholas I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
Muhammad ibn Battutah, Moroccan Arab traveler, travel writer born
Capture of Albert of Mecklenberg, King of Sweden
Joan of Arc arrives at Chinon
Drawing of the earliest known Lottery, in Bruges, Belgium
End of the Ambrosian Republic (2nd Commune) of Florence
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian scholar, Platonist born
Charles V, King of Spain born
A Papal Bull is issued against duels
Pope Julian II lifts the excommunication against Venice
Death of Richard de la Pole, pretender to the Throne of England
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, defeats Francis I, King of France, and captures him
Reconciliation of Charles V and Pope Clement VII; Last Imperial Coronation of a Holy Roman Emperor
The privleges of the Hanse in England are abolished
Mathias, Holy Roman Emperor (never crowned) born
Murder of Eric XIV, deposed King of Sweden
Pope Gregory the 13th issued a papal bull outlining his calendar reforms. The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.
Excommunication of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of "Don Quixote" born
Death of Johann Weyer, physician and philosopher born
Estates General of France locked out of their meeting place born
Charles Le Brun, Paris, painter, designer born
John Graunt statistician, founder of science of demography. born
New York's first City Hall opens in a tavern born
Boston News-Letter, 1st successful newspaper in US, established
Edmund Cartwright England, cleric, inventor (power loom) born
Robert Bailey Thomas founded Farmer's Almanac born
Wilhelm Grimm, historian and, with his brother Jacob, compiler of "Grimm's Fairy Tales," born
In its "Marbury versus Madison" decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that it was the final interpreter of constitutional issues.
Off Guiana, the American sloop Hornet sinks the British sloop Peacock.
Frederic Chopin made his debut as a pianist. He was seven years old. The little boy was elaborately dressed up, and after the recital someone asked the kid what he thought impressed the audience the most. Chopin replied, "My collar."
Mexico declared its independence from Spain. 1835 Kesibwi (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the United States.
Patent granted for 1st soda fountain.
"Siwinowe Kesibwi" (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the United States.
Painter Winslow Homer (On A Lee Shore, Mending the Nets, Eating Watermelon, Inside the Bar, The Maine Coast) born
Some 3,000 Mexicans launch an assault on the Alamo, with its 182 Texan defenders. Thirteen days of glory at the Alamo.
William S. Otis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a patent for the steam shovel.
John Phillip Holland, inventor of the modern submarine born
Irish author George Moore born
The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. government.
Arizona was organized as a territory.
The Capitol in Washington, D.C., displayed an American flag made entirely of American bunting.
The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.
The first parade to feature floats celebrated Mardis Gras in Mobile, Alabama.
John Russell Pope US, architect (Jefferson Memorial) born
Baseball shortstop and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, "The Flying Dutchman" born
Admiral Chester Nimitz, in charge of Pacific Fleet in WWII. born
Actress (Mary Tomlinson) Marjorie Main (Ma of Ma and Pa Kettle, The Egg and I, The Harvey Girls, Friendly Persuasion) born
The Cuban War of Independence begins.
William Price becomes first reporter assigned to White House
The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Russian Minister of Agriculture, Alexi Yermolov offers the Czar a new constitution.
Japan officially agrees to restrict immigration to the U.S.
Italy bombs Beirut in the first act of war against the Ottoman Empire.
Civil War soldier Joshua Chamberlain dies. Joshua Chamberlain was a Major General, the only non professional appointed to that rank by U.S. Grant. He was the President of Bowdoin College and a governor of Maine. He won the Medal of Honor
Massacre of Armenians by Turks (Armenian Martyrs Day)
Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begin
Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" opened in New York
A group of Germans organized the National Socialist party, forerunner of the Nazi party later led by Adolf Hitler.
Actor Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller, The Godfather, Joe and the Volcano, Fist of Honor). born
Herbert Hoover becomes Secretary of Commerce.
Actor Steven Hill ("Law and Order") born
Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller broke the world's record in the 100-meter event at Miami Beach, Florida. The new record: 57 2/5 seconds.
A "thermit" was used for the first time to break a 250,000-ton ice jam that had clogged the St. Lawrence River near Waddington, New York.
Attorney and author Mark Lane (Rush to Judgment, Eyewitness Chicago) born
In its first show to feature a Black artist, the New Gallery of New York exhibits works of Archibald Motley.
Actor Richard B. Shull (Splash, Trapped in Paradise) born
Academy Award-Winning composer Michel Legrand (Yentl ; Brian's Song, Ice Station Zebra) born
Actor John Vernon (The Outlaw Josey Wales, National Lampoon's Animal House, Hostage for a Day, Dirty Harry, Hunter) born
Opera singer Renata Scotto. born
Actress Jill Ireland London born
Actress (Marta Burges) Linda Cristal (Hughes & Harlow Hell, The Dead Don't Die, The High Chaparral) born
Actor James Farentino (Dynasty, Ensign Pulver, The Final Countdown). born
The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made in Arlington, New Jersey.
Hungary signs an anti-Communist pact with Italy, Germany and Japan.
Frances Langford recorded one of the classic songs of all time and one that would become a Walt Disney trademark. "When You Wish Upon a Star" was recorded on Decca Records during a session in Los Angeles.
Guitarist John Williams born
The U.S. government halted the delivery of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use. The Feds needed to make more weapons available for war production.
The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.
Singer-musician Paul Jones born
Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree
U.S. servicemen liberated the Philippine capital, Manila, from the control of the Japanese empire in World War II.
Actor Barry Bostwick. born
Juan Peron was elected president of Argentina.
Actor Edward James Olmos. born
Franz von Papen is sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes. Pompous scion of an old aristocratic family, he became chancellor of Germany in 1932.
Songwriter-musician Rupert Holmes born
Actress Helen Shaver born
The French evacuate Hoabinh in Vietnam in order to mass for the Tonkin Delta drive.
Actor Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio) born
Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Vince Ferragamo NFL/CFL quarterback born
The Cole Porter musical "Silk Stockings" opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway.
Steven Jobs, Apple co-founder. born
TV anchor Paula Zahn. born
Country singer Sammy Kershaw. born
Khrushchev rejects the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.
JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs
Singer Michelle Shocked. born
New York police seize $20 million worth of heroin.
Joey Vera heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath) born
Vladimir Komarov cosmonaut is 1st to die in space, aboard Soyuz 1
Hanoi negotiators walks out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on North Vietnam.
US miltary operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die.
The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to clinch the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York.
Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandon Brown (Mista). born
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1,100 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,121.81.
A congressional commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, calling it a "grave injustice."
Yul Brynner reprised his role "The King and I" setting an all-time box office record for weekly receipts. The show earned $520,920.
Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko, looking frail, was shown on Soviet television casting a ballot in a Moscow polling place in his first public appearance since the previous December.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional an Indianapolis ordinance that allowed women injured by someone who had seen or read pornographic material to sue the maker or seller of that material.
Fawn Hall, former personal secretary to fired National Security Council aide Oliver L. North, posed for news photographers outside her attorney's office, calling the attention "a little overwhelming."
In a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.
A state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died the month before at age 87.
A cargo door blew off a United Air Lines Boeing 747-100 flying near Hawaii; the explosive release of pressure pulled nine passengers out to their deaths.
Magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes died in Far Hills, New Jersey, at age 70.
Fifties balladeer Johnnie Ray died in Los Angeles at age 63.
West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1st
General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sends in ground forces to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis.
"Man of La Mancha" with Sheena Easton opens at Marquis theater
A fourth round of Mideast peace talks began in Washington.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III told a House subcommittee that Israel should stop building settlements in the occupied territories, or forfeit $10 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced he was stepping down.
Mariss Jansons, music director of the Oslo Philharmonic, guest conducted the Chicago Symphony.
At the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Eric Clapton won six trophies, including album of the year for "Unplugged" and record and song of the year for "Tears in Heaven."
Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders labeled smoking an "adolescent addiction," and accused the tobacco industry of trying to convince teen-agers that cigarettes will make them sexy and successful.
Entertainer Dinah Shore died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 76.
Syria granted exit visas to all 1,000 Syrian Jews still living in the country, allowing them to travel abroad if they wished.
Under pressure from farm-state Republicans, House leaders abandoned a campaign promise to disband the food stamp program.
Steve Forbes wins the Delaware primary.
Cuba downs two small American planes that it claims were violating Cuban airspace.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met in Beijing with Chinese officials, telling them to improve their country's record on human rights, or face condemnation by the United States and its allies.
The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that allows federal regulators to recalculate the reimbursements teaching hospitals that treat Medicare patients can receive for graduate medical programs.
Heavy metal drummer Tommy Lee was arrested and charged with hitting his wife, former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson Lee, during an argument in their Malibu, California home and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Henny Youngman, a tireless comic who quipped "Take my wife - please" and countless other one-liners during a career that spanned seven decades, died in New York City at age 91.
Mary Vincent relived a 20-year-old nightmare as she testified in a Florida courtroom against the man who raped her and hacked off her arms when she was a California teen-ager. She was called by the prosecution in the penalty phase of Lawrence Singleton's murder trial to testify about his past conduct. Singleton, 70, was convicted of first degree murder for the 1997 stabbing death of Tampa prostitute Roxanne Hayes in his home.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to give the nation's military the biggest benefits increase since the early 1980s.
Lauryn Hill won a record five Grammys, including album of the year and best new artist, on the strength of her solo debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
The state of Texas executed Betty Lou Beets, 62, by injection for murdering her fifth husband after Gov. George W. Bush refused to intervene.
Pope John Paul II arrived in Egypt on a pilgrimage to retrace some of the most epic passages from the Bible.
The U.N. Security Council approved a U.S.-drafted plan to send an observer force into Congo to monitor a fragile cease-fire.
Toothpaste fills cavities without drilling
Palestinian legislators approve new cabinet for Abbas
Finnish-French MEP criticise Finnish President and Foreign Minister
MPAA launches seven lawsuits against torrent, ed2k and usenet sites
Al Askari Mosque bombed in Samarra, Iraq
President remains most popular politician in Romania
Arroyo declares state of emergency due to coup attempt in Philippines
Public smoking ban in Virginia snuffed out
Thai snap-election set for April 2, 2006
Australian treasurer makes "extremely divisive" comments
XM and Sirius announce merger deal
Italy: President Napolitano dismisses Prodi's resignation
Minnesota to require 25% renewable energy production
Manchester United opens nine point gap at top of Premier League
Champions League round of sixteenâ€”first leg results
Supreme Court of Canada strikes down "unconstitutional" anti-terror legislation
NHL: Penguins defeat Panthers in Overtime
Major snowstorm causes 35-car pile-up in western U.S.
Coverage of the 80th Academy Awards
Europeans sweep top actor honors at 80th Academy Awards
Taiwan presidential election: First official debate with citizen journalists' participation
IBM to construct supercomputer capable of running entire Internet
RaÃºl Castro chosen as new President of Cuba
Ralph Nader enters US presidential race as independent
Open software developers meet at FOSDEM 2008
Ugandan government, rebels agree to ceasefire
Interview: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests
National Hockey League news: February 24, 2008
Suicide bomb kills 40 in Iraq
AU peacekeepers killed in Somalia, Islamists vow more attacks
US stock markets fall to lowest levels since 1997
Rocket carrying NASA carbon dioxide satellite crashes into ocean
Eleven children injured in Scottish school shooting; two teenagers detained
Bahrain Grand Prix cancelled amid political turmoil
Pirates kill four American hostages
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden
South Korean Jae Rim Yang finishes fifth at IPC Alpine World Championships
Team USA delivers going into third day of IPC Alpine World Championships