Cato, Roman patriot & philosopher, commits suicide
Election of Pope Clement IV
The Governor of Nagasaki, Japan, mutilates, then crucifies, 7 Christian missionaries and 19 Japanese converts
Father Michelis denounces Father Louis Gaufridi as a witch
A ship from Bristol, The Lyon, arrives with provisions for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrived in Boston from England.
1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut
John Witherspoon, Declaration of Independence signer born
Physician John Jeffries, 1st U.S. weatherman born
Zebulon Pike (Pike's Peak, Colorado, is named after him). born
Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
Prime minister of Britain Robert Peel. He founded the London police department, the first in the world to be structured the way modern police forces are. (The nickname of Bobbies for the police comes from Robert=Bobby's police). born
Shoe salesman Dwight Moody. Famous evangelist in the 1800s and founder of the Moody Bible college in Chicago. born
Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, the prolific U.S. inventor whose credits include the gun that bears his name. born
Belle Starr, Western outlaw born
Samuel Goodale, of Cincinnati, Ohio, patented the moving picture peep show machine. One put in a coin and turned a crank on the side of the ornately decorated box and voila, a flickering movie appeared.
Federal forces occupy Jackson, Miss.
Phoenix, Arizona, was incorporated.
Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala.
Snow falls on San Francisco.
The Indiana House of Representatives passed, 67-to-0, a measure redefining the area of a circle, effectively declaring the value of pi to be 3.2. (The bill died in the Indiana Senate.)
The U.S. and U.K. sign the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the U.S. the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to fortify it.
The American statesman Adlai E. Stevenson. He's the man Eisenhower defeated for the presidency. ``My definition of a free society,'' Stevenson once said, ``is one where it is safe to be unpopular.'' born
Actor John Carradine (Appeared in over 200 films including Bride of Frankenstein, Captains Courageous, Alexander's Ragtime Band, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, House of Dracula) born
Novelist William Burroughs born
Enrico Caruso recorded "O Solo Mio" for the Victor Talking Machine Company, which eventually became Victor Records, then RCA Victor.
U.S. Congress nullifies Wilson's veto of the Immigration Act; literacy tests are required.
Mexico's constitution was adopted.
Congress passed, over President Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians.
The Soviets proclaim separation of church and state.
Comedian-actor (Aaron Chwatt) Red Buttons (The Red Buttons Show, The Longest Day, The Poseidon Adventure, Sayonara, They Shoot Horses Don't They) born
William Larned's steel-framed tennis racquet gets its first test.
The Reverend Andrew M. Greeley (Author of Happy are the Merciful, An Occasion of Sin) born
Hank Aaron, American baseball player, once all-time homerun leader born
Country singer Claude King born
"Modern Times", the first Charlie Chaplin talkie, was released. The star of the movie was Paulette Goddard who played the part of a waif.
President Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices; critics charged Roosevelt was attempting to "pack" the court.
Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn born
The Glenn Miller Band recorded ``Tuxedo Junction'' on the Bluebird label. It fast became one of the band's most famous tunes...rivaling ``In The Mood'' in popularity.
Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, the Australian poet widely credited as the author of "Waltzing Matilda," died.
Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong (Just My Imagination, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Ball of Confusion) born
Actor David Selby (Falcon Crest, Rich and Famous, Flamingo Road) born
Television producer-writer Stephen J. Cannell born
Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach born
Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) born
George Gershwin's ``Porgy and Bess'' Variations premiered. The suite was actually orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett.
Football player Craig Morton born
Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley born
The U.S. recognizes Rumania.
Actress Charlotte Rampling (The Verdict, Farewell My Lovely, Georgy Girl) born
Actor David Ladd (The Treasure of Jamaica Reef, Catlow, Misty, A Dog of Flanders) born
Auto racer Darrell Waltrip born
The U.S.S.R. and the U.K. reject terms for U.S. trusteeship over Japanese Pacific Isles.
Actress Barbara (Herzstein) Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters, With Six You Get Eggroll, Beaches, The Right Stuff, The Natural, From Here to Eternity, The Monroes) born
Actor Christopher Guest born
New York adopts the three-colored traffic lights.
Walt Disney's film, "Peter Pan", opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.
Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic.
The Soviets launch Sputnik V, the heaviest satellite at 7.1 tons.
The Shirelles' ``Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow'' topped the charts.
Actress Jennifer Jason (Morrow) Leigh (Shortcuts, The Hudsucker Proxy, Single White Female, Rush, Backdraft, Miami Blues, The Big Picture, Easy Money, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Eyes of a Stranger) born
French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.
Rock musician Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) born
Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) born
Country singer Sara Evans born
American astronauts Alan Shepard and Edward Mitchell of Apollo 14 walked on the moon for four hours.
It is reported that the U.S. has agreed to sell 42 F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
Patty Hearst is kidnapped at gunpoint by a white woman and two black men.
The United States cut off military aid to Turkey as a result of delays in a peace settlement of the Cyprus dispute.
President Reagan, in a nationwide address, said the United States was in ``the worst economic mess since the Great Depression'' and called for sweeping spending and tax cuts.
Klaus Barbie, wanted as a Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, following extradition from Bolivia.
U.S. halts a loan to Chile in protest over human rights abuses.
World oil prices plunged toward $15 per barrel from $30 three months earlier after OPEC failed to curb production. Prices dropped to nine dollars by the summer of 1986.
The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day above the 22-hundred level for the first time, closing at 22-hundred-01-point-49.
The Arizona House impeached Governor Evan Mecham, setting the stage for his trial and conviction in the state Senate.
A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military leader, General Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
Radio Moscow announced the last Soviet soldier had left Kabul, Afghanistan.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed that the Communist Party give up its monopoly on power in the Soviet Union. Two days later the party's Central Committee would agree, and there was no turning back.
Opposition candidate Rafael Calderon Fournier won Costa Rica's presidential election.
President Bush sent his top military advisers to Saudi Arabia to decide whether a ground assault was needed to liberate Iraqi- occupied Kuwait.
The House of Representatives authorized an investigation into whether the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign conspired with Iran to delay release of the American hostages. (The task force investigating the "October Surprise" allegations later said it found no credible evidence of such a conspiracy.)
The New Kids on the Block performed on ``Arsenio Hall'' to deny lip-synching charges made by a Chicago fan as well as the group's former music producer.
Euthanasia advocate Jack ``Dr. Death'' Kevorkian was freed on bond following his arrest in the assisted suicides of two women.
Federal judge Kimba Wood, President Clinton's expected choice for attorney general, withdrew from consideration, saying her baby sitter had been an illegal alien for seven years.
Oscar-winning writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz died at age 83.
A mortar shell fell onto a crowded weekend market in Sarajevo, Bosnia, killing 69 people and injuring 200.
Sixty-eight people were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Mississippi, of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison.
The White House and congressional Republicans drew battle lines over President Clinton's $1.61 trillion budget, with Republicans accusing Clinton of "taking a walk" and the administration saying Clinton was cutting the deficit more than any president in history.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley showed up hand-in- hand at a party in the Los Angeles offices of O-J Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran...who was also Jackson's lawyer.
A judge ordered President Clinton to testify in the Whitewater trial. He later did so via videotape.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from Larry Fortensky, her seventh husband.
John C. Salvi the Third went on trial in Dedham, Massachusetts, in the shooting deaths of two receptionists at abortion clinics. (Salvi was convicted and sentenced to two life terms; he was found dead in his cell in November 1996, an apparent suicide.)
Switzerland's "Big Three" banking giants announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.
US Ambassador Pamela Harriman died in Paris at age 76.
Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.
A federal judge in Los Angeles threw out S&L figure Charles Keating's state securities fraud conviction for a second time, saying the trial judge had given jurors flawed instructions.
The biggest winter storm of the season battered the eastern United States for a second day, raking the Mid-Atlantic and New England coastlines with rain and high winds while dropping new snow as far inland as Illinois. The giant "Nor'easter," blanketed the Ohio Valley and Appalachia with heavy snowfalls that reached 20 inches in the hills of western Maryland. Authorities blamed the storm for at least 10 deaths. Tens of thousands of people were still without electricity across West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. Rivers swollen by back-to-back snowstorms and heavy rains approached flood stage in Virginia.
Democratic fund-raiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded innocent in Washington to charges he'd raised illegal donations to buy influence in high places.
President Clinton insisted the allegations in the sex scandal engulfing him were false, while the independent counsel Kenneth Starr said he was making significant progress in his search for the truth. "I have already denied the legal charges and I do so strongly," Clinton said.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Maryland to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident. He ended up serving 3 months).
Right-wing leader Joerg Haider told a deeply divided Austria not to worry about international sanctions, saying the new governing coalition that included his Freedom Party would soon prove its democratic credentials to the world.
GNU Hurd operating system: first user program run using L4 microkernel
Uribe-Chavez meeting postponed
Bob Marley birthday celebrations marked by dispute over possible reburial
Java creator criticizes .Net
Missing Afghan jet found; 104 believed dead
New York court rules in favor of same-sex marriage
BHP halts operations after mine death in Western Australia
Rio Tinto makes more than $4 billion
Manhunt on for gay bar attacker in Massachusetts
Masterminds of USS Cole and Limburg bombings escape from Yemeni prison
US Army Chaplains adopt new program to aid personnel in spouse selection
Suspect in gay bar attack dies after gunfight with police
400 Survivors rescued from ferry disaster
Google removes posts from blog critical of New Zealand government
Riots feared over verdict in inter-state water sharing dispute in India
Former New Zealand politician, Don Brash, officially leaves politics
Putin, Gorbachov question charging of teacher with software piracy
Letter bomb explodes near Scotland Yard in London, England
Cutting bonuses and management is Dell's new strategy
$200,000 reward for information on Perth arsonist
Opening performance at Norway's new opera house postponed
Fall '08 styles at New York Fashion Week: the '70s are back
Furor continues a week after Rep. Brown-Waite's "foreign" comment
Kansas library discusses Wikipedia
US citizens in 24 states vote on 'Super Tuesday'
UK shopping centre Afflecks Palace secures its future
Progress M-63 freighter en route to International Space Station
Ukranian ship MV Faina with cargo of tanks freed by pirates
Bill Gates releases mosquitoes during conference for malaria awareness
England's Football Association complains over missed goal
ITV Wales drops local news sign language
UN demands return of aid seized by Hamas
Queensland state Green party to run environmental lawyer in treasurer's electorate
Strike ends at UK oil refinery
UK rail firm cuts 180 jobs
MySpace removes 90,000 sex offenders
US Supreme Court judge Ginsburg undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer
Six indicted over jet crash at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport
Pope Benedict XVI confirms visit to Scotland as part of his UK tour
Concern about sovereign debt of some EU members roils markets
NTSB says pilot error caused crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407
South African lawyer and anti-apartheid leader Harry Schwarz dies age 85
Ten US missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti
Double bombing in Pakistani city leaves at least 22 dead
Toyota poised to recall 270,000 Prius vehicles
Chinese animator Te Wei dies at age 95
Chilean policeman dies after falling from roof mid-pursuit
Mitt Romney wins Nevada caucuses
UN resolution on Syria vetoed by Russia and China
UN adds to criticism of Australian offshore centers
Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens defeat 49ers, 34-31