St. Oswald, bringer of Christianity to northeastern England, is killed in battle.
Christopher Columbus, stranded in Jamaica during his fourth voyage to the West, used a correctly predicted lunar eclipse to frighten hostile natives into providing food for his crew.
Anne Lee , British blacksmith's daughter who emigrated to the USA and founded the religious group, the American Society of Shakers. born
Gioacchino Rossini , Italian composer who wrote 36 operas, including The Italian Girl in Algiers, William Tell' The Barber of Seville and The Thieving Magpie - and invented a number of recipes, notably Tournedos Rossini. born
President Washington proclaimed Jay's Treaty, which settled some outstanding differences with Great Britain, in effect.
John Holland , Irish-American born
The St. Gotthard tunnel, providing a rail link between Switzerland and italy, is completed.
Ranchhodji Morarji Decal ,Indian prime minister who was imprisoned with Mahatma Gandhi. born
President Theodore Roosevelt appointed a seven-member commission to facilitate completion of the Panama Canal.
Heike Onnes, a scientist from Leyden, the Netherlands, announces he has succeeded in liquefying helium.
Actress Michele Morgan born
Actor James Mitchell born
Former space shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma born
"Gone with the Wind" won eight Academy Awards, including best picture of 1939.
Actress Phyllis Frelich born
President Eisenhower announced he would seek a second term of office.
The first Playboy Club, featuring waitresses clad in "bunny" outfits, opened in Chicago. (Hugh Hefner closed the corporate-owned clubs in 1986, calling them "passe.")
An earthquake in Morocco destroys much of Agadir and kills about 12,000 people.
President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also known as the Kerner Commission) warned that racism was causing America to move "toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal."
The discovery of the first "pulsar," a star which emits regular radio waves, was announced by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Cambridge, England.
Actor Antonio Sabato Junior born
Former Israeli foreign minister Yigal Allon, who had played an important role in the Jewish state's fight for independence, died at age 61.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he was stepping down after more than 15 years in power.
Death of Roland Culver, British stage and film actor who appeared in 24 films, including Bonjour Tristesse, French Without Tears and The Yellow Rolls-Royce' usually as the archetypal British gentleman.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other religious leaders were arrested while kneeling near Parliament with a petition against government bans on anti-apartheid groups. (All were freed hours later.)
Muslims and Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina began casting ballots in an independence referendum; Serbs boycotted the vote, calling it illegal.
About 30 television and entertainment industry executives met with President Clinton at the White House, where they promised to devise a TV ratings system.
Daniel Green was convicted in Lumberton, North Carolina, of murdering James R. Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, during a 1993 roadside holdup. (Green was sentenced to life in prison; an accomplice who had testified against him, Larry Demery, is also serving a life sentence.)
A Peruvian commercial jetliner crashed in the Andes, killing all 123 people on board.
Gene that causes deadly heart condition identified
Wikileaks claims âabuse of processâ in court case that resulted in wikileaks.org being taken offline
Crude oil price reaches new high
Kenya negotiations resume; parliament to debate power sharing accord
Prince Harry ordered to return home
Iraq approves execution of 'Chemical Ali'
".asia" domain applications near 300,000 on opening of registration
USL football: Djekanovic to Whitecaps; O'Brien to Earthquakes
National Hockey League news: February 29, 2008
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announces she won't seek reelection
Three students killed in Ohio school shooting, others injured