Theodosius II, Emperor of Byzantium, founds a University
George of Podebrad chosen King of Bohemia
Schmalkaldic League formed
Ivan IV, "the Terrible" opens the Zemsky Sobor
Heller discovers a "terrifying, prodigious extraordinary star"
Ivan IV, "the Terrible," opens commercial relations with England
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, reminds Parliament of Her Perogatives
The Pacific Island of New Britain is discovered.
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow born in Portland, Maine. (The Song of Hiawatha, Paul Revere's Ride, The Wreck of the Hesperus) born
The Dominican Republic gained its independence after Haiti withdrew from the country.
Napoleon's Marshal Nicholas Oudinot is pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's allied enemies shortly before his abdication.
The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.
Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland; five marchers were killed.
First Union prisoners arrive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
Dr. William G. Bonwill of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, invented the dental mallet while watching a telegraph key sounder operate a Philadelphia hotel.
Alice Hamilton, the American pathologist who played a significant role the development of workmen's compensation laws born
Tenor Enrico Carusa in Naples, Italy. born
Oscar Hammersteof New York City patented the first, practical, cigar-rolling machine. He was the grandfather of the music composer Oscar Hammerstein.
Hugo Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice [1937 - 1971] born
Boxers Danny Needham and Patsy Kerrigan fought 100 rounds San Francisco before the match was declared a draw after more than 6 hours.
David Sarnoff, RCA Board Chairman and a pioneer of U.S. television (Uzlian, Russia). born
Opera singer Marian Anderson was born Philadelphia. She began her singing career as a member of the Union Baptist Church choir. She was the first African-American to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera. born
Champion golfer Gene Sarazen born
American novelist John Steinbeck (Salinas, California) author of "Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men." born
Actor Franchot Tone (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way) born
Star # 46 was added to the U.S. flag -- for Oklahoma -- which had entered the union on November 16, 1807.
American playwright and novelist Irwin Shaw (Rich Man Poor Man, The Young Lions). born
Former Texas Govenor John Connally born
The U.S. rejects a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.
Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convened the first National Radio Conference Washington, D.C.
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed the right of women to vote.
Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska.
Actor and writer James Herlihy born
Singer (Al Cernick) Guy Mitchell (Singing the Blues, Heartaches by the Number, My Heart Cries for You, My Truly Truly Fair) born
Actress Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve, Sybil) born
Actress Elizabeth Taylor (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, National Velvet, Cleopatra) born
The Glass-Steagall Act is passed, giving the Federal Reserve the right to expand credit in order to increase money circulation.
Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, caught fire. The Nazis, blaming the Communists, used the fire as a pretext for suspending civil liberties.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Berry born
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader born
Singer Chuck Glaser (Lovin' Her Was Easier, Where Has All the Love Gone) born
Actress Barbara Babcock born
The Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
Actor Howard Hesseman (WKRP in Cincinnati, Head of the Class) born
British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.
The fourth of the "Road" films, "Road to Utopia", starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Robert Benchley, opened in New York City.
Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) born
The US Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, three goals to two, at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. (The US team went on to win the gold medal.)
Basketball player James Worthy born
Actor Grant Show ("Melrose Place") born
South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem is unharmed as two planes bomb the presidential palace in Saigon.
The U.S.S.R. says that 10,000 troops will remain in Cuba.
Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees signed a contract worth $100,000. In 1949, Mantle had signed his first Yankee contract for $1,100.
Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) born
Thousands of students protest President Nixon's arrival in Rome.
Simon and Garfunkel received a gold record for the single "Bridge over Troubled Water."
Rhythm-and-blues singer (TLC) Chilli born
President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Roderick Clark born
U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can't bar residents because of color.
Members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until May.)
Baseball star, Dick "Don't Call Me Richie" Allen, signed a three-year pact with the Chicago White Sox for a reported $675,000 after leaving the Philadelphia Phillies.
A new magazine was issued by Time-Life (now Time-Warner). The magazine was "People." It had an initial run of one million copies.
Jane M. Byrne confounded Chicago's Democratic political machine as she upset Mayor Michael A. Bilandic to wtheir party's mayoral primary. (Byrne went on to win the election.)
First Daughter Chelsea Clinton born
Rhythm-and-blues singer (Mista) Bobby Wilson born
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, attended a church service San Diego, then flew on to Palm Springs, California, as they continued their tour of the West Coast.
Former Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, who had served three terms as a U.S. senator and ran as the 1960 Republican vice presidential nominee, died Beverly, Massachusetts, at age 82.
Former vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro, was seen in a TV commercial in an ad for a diet soft drink.
Dale Berra started his first day as a New York Yankee. It marked the first significant father-son combination in major-league baseball.
The US Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
President/dictator Ferdinand Marcos decided to get out of the Philippines while he still could. The widow of a slain anti-Marcos politician, homemaker Corazon Aquino had been elected President earlier in the month.
The longest-running program on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), "Washington Review," celebrated its 20th anniversary.
President Reagan replaced his White House chief of staff, Donald T. Regan, with former Senator Howard H. Baker.
Katarina Witt won the gold medal in women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, with Elizabeth Manley of Canada placing second and Debi Thomas of the United States, third.
President Bush warned of what he called the "fool's gold" of trade protectionism as he addressed South Korea's National Assembly before returning home.
The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts relating to the
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prison officials could force inmates to take powerful anti-psychotic drugs without a judge's consent.
President Bush declared that "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq's army is defeated," and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the US commander in the Gulf, briefed reporters in detail on the successful allied offensive.
William Aramony resigned as president of United Way of America amid charges of financial mismanagement and lavish spending.
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, promised to find out who was behind the huge explosion at New York's World Trade Center, a bombing later blamed on Islamic militants.
Actress Lillian Gish died in New York at age 99.
The Winter Olympic Games ended Lillehammer, Norway.
Court-appointed salvagers swarmed into Britain's oldest investment bank to evaluate the remaining assets of Barings PLC after Nick Leeson, a 29-year-old trader, ruined the firm by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.
Bob Dole won the North Dakota and South Dakota primaries, while Steve Forbes captured Arizona's winner-take-all primary.
A jury in Fayetteville, North Carolina, convicted former Army paratrooper James N. Burmeister of murdering a black couple so he could get a skinhead tattoo. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)
Divorce became legal in Ireland. Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
Condemning tobacco companies for targeting children, Vice President Al Gore unveiled a $7.5 million national advertising campaign to encourage retailers to stop selling cigarettes to minors. Gore, who owes his livelyhood to the tobacco industry, also urged Congress to pass comprehensive, bipartisan legislation by this summer that would reduce the number of teen smokers.
President Clinton and his wife Hillary celebrated daughter Chelsea's 18th birthday at an exclusive ski resort high in the Rocky Mountains. They borrowed a vacation home owned by Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg for the weekend.
The FBI arrested suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati in Atlanta, just 4 days after he was listed as one of the 10 most wanted fugitives in the U.S.
The teen-age leader of a cult of self-professed vampires was sentenced to die in the electric chair for the beating deaths of a Florida couple. In 1996, Ferrell inducted 15-year-old Heather Wendorf into his vampire clan then bludgeoned her parents to death with a crow bar hours later.
With the approval of Queen Elizabeth the Second, Britain's House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son.
Nigerians voted to elect Olusegun Obasanjo their new president as the country marked the final phase of its return to democracy.
The Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, was convicted in Largo, Fla., of swindling millions of dollars from companies seeking to do business with his followers.
Texas Governor George W. Bush's campaign released a letter to New York Cardinal John O'Connor in which the Republican presidential candidate said he "deeply" regretted "causing needless offense" by making a campaign appearance at Bob Jones University, a South Carolina school whose leaders had espoused anti-Catholic views.
Romania announces 18 percent increase in tourists in 2004
Two-headed baby has second head removed
Nine rescued from roof of blazing Taiwanese skyscraper
Pope John Paul II makes surprise appearance at window of his hospital room
Ireland beat England 19-13 in the RBS Six Nations
Australian government accused of neglecting regions
Australian government announces study of tax system
Eva Hassett, VP of Savarino Construction Services Corp. answers questions on Buffalo, N.Y. hotel redesign
London Mayor Ken Livingstone to appeal over suspension
Accidental explosion occurs in Israel
Reaction to Ken Livingstone suspension
POWER inquiry calls for radical power shift in British democracy
Australian Prime Minister blames asylum seekers for "Children Overboard" scandal
6 Teenagers die in car accident in Victoria, several others injured
Five month old girl injured in "deliberate" house fire
Liberals in Quebec gain support over separatist Parti QuÃ©bÃ©cois
New Zealand's state broadcaster plans to dismiss 160 workers
Dress code threats close Peshawar schools
Microsoft to acquire health information search engine
Egypt sentences blogger to four years for insulting Islam
US and Italian ambassadors attacked in Sri Lanka
Billboard holds benefit Oscar party for Children Uniting Nations
Man United hold on for FA win at Reading
Explosion near Afganistan base kills at least 19, U.S. Vice President may have been target
Canadian stock exchange plummets
NHL: Tampa Bay Lights Up the Night
U.S. stocks plummet amid global sell-off
Seeds placed in Norwegian vault as agricultural 'insurance policy'
Sports-heavy broadcast day for BBC One receives complaints; BBC responds
Wladimir Klitschko unifies IBF, WBO heavyweight titles
Iraq demands immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops
Van Canto's Stefan Schmidt on a capella metal, Wacken, Nightwish, piracy & more
EU fines Microsoft $1.35 billion for non-compliance with antitrust decision
French president insults passerby at national agriculture convention
Climate campaigners scale UK Parliament and hang protest banners from the building
Minor earthquake shakes England
Sudan boycotts Danish goods
Journalist William F. Buckley dies at age 82
Stan Lai: Volunteers will play the greatest key role at 2009 Summer Deaflympics
Visa seeks to issue largest IPO in US history
National Hockey League news: February 27, 2008
Biological Encyclopedia website too popular on first day, crashes
School in Edinburgh, Scotland sealed off; put on radioactive alert
Executives from global Internet industry meet at APRICOT
Australian Sex Party to run independents in Queensland election
Wedding next year for Sweden's crown princess
Former Serbian president Milutinovic acquitted of war crimes
Obama budget calls for record US deficit
Inquest held after air rifle shot kills 10-year-old boy in Swansea, Wales
Snow-laden branch kills man in Central Park
8.8 magnitude earthquake hits Chile; tsunami warnings issued throughout Pacific rim
Pacific Rim braces for tsunami following major Chilean earthquake
Chile's President-elect's battle with delinquency becomes personal
Libya's Gaddafi calls for holy war on Switzerland
Orkney, Scotland crash kills two