Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Moslem caliph, dies at about 52
Jews of Norwich, England are massacred
First Auto-da-Fe of the Spanish Inquisition
Dean Coulet of St. Paul's Church speaks against clerical abuses
Sir Walter Raleigh leaves England to explore Guiana
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, unifier of Japan born
Christopher Marlowe, English poet, dramatist (The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus) born
Death of Jacques Amyot, scholar
Death of Christopher Clavius, astronomer, calendar reformer
Huguenot rebels and the French sign Peace of La Rochelle.
Opening of Charles I's Second Parliament
The "Rump" Parliament abolishes the House of Lords
Charles II proclaimed King of Scotland
Aaron Burr, 3rd U.S. Vice President.(Newark, New Jersey) The Republicans endorsed both Jefferson and Aaron Burr. born
The United States won official recognition from France as the two nations signed a pair of treaties in Paris.
Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the US Constitution.
The state of New Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens, who proposed a rail link between Trenton and New Brunswick. (The line, however, was never built.)
The first minstrel show in America, "The Virginia Minstrels", opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.
Baseball player George Herman Ruth ('Babe Ruth' in Baltimore). born
A peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the US Senate.The Spanish-American War ends.
President McKinley appoints W.H. Taft commissioner to report on the Philippines.
Attorney Louis Nizer born
Japan's foreign minister severs all ties with Russia, citing delaying tactics in negotiations over Manchuria.
Ronald Reagan, 40th President born
Eva Braun, the wife of Adolf Hitler. They married the day before they committed suicide in their Berlin bunker in April 1945. born
Actor John Lund (My Friend Irma, The Wackiest Ship in the Army) born
Germany admits full liability for Lusitania incident, recognizes U.S. right to claim indemnity.
Actress Zsa Zsa (Sari) Gabor born
Actor Patrick Macnee (The Avengers, A View to a Kill, Battlestar Gallactica, This is Spinal Tap, Thunder in Paradise) born
The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years.
Mussolini warns Germany to stop agitation in Tyrol.
The National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college classes graduate.
Cross-country skier Sixten Jernberg born
Germany accepts Kellogg-Briand pact.
Isabel Peron, the Argentine dancer who became a political leader and followed her husband Juan as president from 1974-1976. born
Actor (Elmore) Rip Torn (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Extreme Prejudice, RoboCop 3, Beyond the Law, The President's Plane is Missing) born
Director Francois Truffaut (Fahrenheit 451, The Bride Wore Black) born
Actress (Joan Olander) Mamie Van Doren (High School Confidential, The Candidate, Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt, Teacher's Pet) born
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect; the so-called "lame duck" amendment moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.
The Reich begins press censorship.
Adolf Hitler opens the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer as she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.
Actor Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H, The Interns, The Man and the City) born
NBC news anchorman Tom Brokaw born
Actress Gigi Perreau (Journey to the Center of Time, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Dance with Me Henry, The Betty Hutton Show, Follow the Sun) born
The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, trapping thousands of Italians.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of Allied expeditionary forces in North Africa. He later became World War II Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
A Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
Actress Gayle Hunnicutt (Scorpio, Dream Lover, Turnaround, The Wild Angels, Marlowe, Dallas) born
Actor Michael Tucker (L.A. Law, For Love or Money, Radio Days, Diner) born
The Russians take Lutsk and Rovno.
MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners.
Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan ("My Left Foot") born
Singer Natalie Cole (This Will Be, I've Got Love on My Mind; daughter of Nat `King' Cole) born
Britain's King George the Sixth died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth the Second.
Actor Jon Walmsley ("The Waltons") born
St. Patrick Center, the first circular school building in the United States, opened in Kankakee, Illinois.
Actress Kathy Najimy born
Actor-director Robert Townsend (The Meteor Man, The Mighty Quinn, Hollywood Shuffle, A Soldier's Story) born
Actor Barry Miller (Biloxi Blues, Saturday Night Fever, The Last Temptation of Christ) born
The United States successfully test-fired for the first time a "Titan" intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
Actress Megan Gallagher born
Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) born
Country singer Richie McDonald (Lonestar) born
The U.S. reports that all Soviet offensive arms are out of Cuba.
Paris and London agree to build a rail tunnel under the English Channel.
Cuba blocks the water supply to Guantanamo Naval Base in rebuke of the U.S. seizure of four Cuban fishing boats.
Seven U.S. GIs are killed in a Viet Cong raid on a base in Pleiku.
Charles de Gaulle opens the 19th Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) born
NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron that he had stashed away inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Shepard whiffed the first swing, so, he got a `Mulligan' on that one.
More than 500,000 pieces of mail arrived at CBS-TV when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Demand," would be broadcast on the network.
President Ford asks Congress for $497 million in aid to Cambodia.
Queen Elizabeth marks her Silver Jubilee.
Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a United States senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama.
The 18-hour television mini-series "The Winds of War," based on the Herman Wouk novel about the early years of World War II, began airing on ABC.
Actor Brandon Hammond ("The Gregory Hines Show") born
A second satellite launched from the space shuttle Challenger misfired and went off course in the third major failure of the mission, following the faulty deployment of the first satellite and the explosion of a target balloon.
President Reagan delivered his State of the Union address in which he called for a "second American Revolution of hope and opportunity."
The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. They added water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange to their well-established product line.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,600 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,600.69.
The commission investigating the Challenger disaster opened its hearings into the cause of the space shuttle tragedy that killed all seven crew members.
Reporter Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal was released after being detained six days in Tehran. He'd been accused of being a spy for Israel. Iran said the detention was a result of misunderstandings.
President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day, adding another year to the record of being the oldest U.S. President in history. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been the previous recordholder, by serving the country from the Oval Office at age 70.
Presidential hopefuls stormed through a final weekend of campaigning before Iowa's precinct caucuses, with a poll for the "Des Moines Register" giving Bob Dole the lead among Republicans and Dick Gephardt a narrow lead among Democrats.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman died in Greenwich, Connecticut, at age 77.
Soviet Communist Party leaders decided to extend a two-day party session by an extra day amid controversy over Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's proposals to revamp the country's political structure.
Actor-comedian Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, died after suffering a heart attack.
Jordan's King Hussein tilted sharply toward Iraq in the Gulf War, describing the conflict as an effort by outsiders to destroy Iraq and carve up the Arab world.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton denied he'd tried to avoid the Vietnam draft, saying he gave up a draft deferment in the fall of 1969 because he "didn't think it was right to keep it.""
President Bush unveiled a health care plan for most Americans.
Sixteen people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Indiana.
Tennis hall-of-famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe died in New York at age 49.
A day after a mortar shell killed 68 people in a Sarajevo marketplace, President Clinton called on the United Nations to determine who was to blame; UN Secretary-General Bhoutros Bhoutros-Ghali sought NATO authority for air strikes.
Actor Joseph Cotten died in Los Angeles at age 88.
Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali, the alleged mastermind of a campaign of violence, pleaded guilty in New York to plotting urban terrorism.
President Clinton unveiled his $1.61 trillion budget for 1996, mixing mild tax relief and spending reductions.
The space shuttle Discovery flew to within 37 feet of the Russian space station Mir in the first rendezvous of its kind in two decades.
A Turkish-owned Boeing 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Republic, killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.
Patrick Buchanan won the Louisiana Republican caucus, upsetting Phil Gramm.
President Clinton sent Congress a $1.69 trillion budget for fiscal 1998, saying it would erase deficits by 2002 and for 20 years beyond. (Republicans scoffed that the plan was brimming with costly new programs and phantom savings, but said they were ready to bargain.)
President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair redoubled their pledge to use military force against Iraq if necessary; during a joint news conference in which the subject of Monica Lewinsky came up, Clinton said he would "never" resign.
A record-breaking winter storm layered more snow on the Appalachian Mountains, while West Coast residents endured another fierce blast of rain packing the wallop of a hurricane.
Two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets collided in mid-air and crashed in the Persian Gulf but both pilots were rescued from the sea.
Former grade-school teacher Mary Letourneau, whose affair with one of her ex-pupils caused a national scandal, was sent to prison for 7-1/2 years for seeing the boy again. Letourneau, 36, who had a child with the boy - now aged 14 - was declared in violation of her parole and ordered to return to prison to finish her full term.
President Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The public finally got to see and hear Monica Lewinsky as excerpts of the former White House intern's videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton's impeachment trial.
President Clinton requested legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun shows.
Nine people were killed when a train filled with Alpine ski vacationers derailed south of Cologne, Germany.
The NFC defeated the AFC 51-to-31 in the Pro Bowl.
An Ariana Airlines Boeing 727 was hijacked after leaving Kabul, Afghanistan, making stops in Central Asia and Russia before arriving at Stansted airport outside London the next day.
Social Democrat Tarja Halonen edged out her rival in a run-off to become Finland's first female president.
Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the US Senate.
G7 announce debt relief plan
Brazil receives Cuban Foreign Minister
Sports footwear companies progress towards eliminating sweatshops
Coup in Togo after President dies
Twenty-seven die as bus falls into gorge in Kashmir
UN says no genocide in Darfur
UN board supported Saddam Hussein's regime, says Iraq's ambassador
New London police commissioner blames middle-class cocaine users for violence in Colombia and on British housing estates
Astronomer proposes Hubble replacement
Tropical cyclone Meena strikes Cook Islands
New South Wales to introduce 'parenting contracts'
New Zealand marks Waitangi Day, 2006
Conservative Canadian government sworn in
Danish and Austrian embassies in Tehran attacked
Google removes German BMW from search results
Catholic priest murdered during prayer
Latham to face court on assault, stealing and malicious damage charges
Canadian Liberal Gerard Kennedy to run in Parkdale-High Park
New UK Jewish group formed; differs with Board of Deputies over Israel
Iranian diplomat kidnapped by men with Iraqi defense ministry IDs
Further demolition of Hare Krishna homes in Kazakhstan seems imminent
Apple Inc., Apple Corps resolve trademark dispute
Astronaut to face attempted murder charge
Furry fans flock to Further Confusion 2007
Princeton library joins Google project to digitise books
US Basketball: Jazz win, maintain Northwest Division lead
Poll: New Zealand Labour and Greens parties gain support
Many killed in tornadoes across southern U.S.
US lawmakers to question Pentagon officials about war costs
1960's guru icon Maharishi Mahesh Yogi dies
Niece of Scientology's leader goes public with criticism
Space shuttle Atlantis set for launch with Columbus module
Juno Award nominees announced
David S. Touretzky discusses Scientology, Anonymous and Tom Cruise
UK firm designs hypersonic passenger jet
Clinton and Obama in tight race, McCain surges in Super Tuesday voting
Police track kidney doctor to Brampton, Canada
CIA Director confirms use of waterboarding on terror suspects
Plane makes emergency water landing in Darwin Harbour
Obama expands Bush's faith-based initiatives
Zimbabwean parliament passes unity government bill
British court 'threatened' by United States
Denny's Super Bowl free 'Grand Slam Breakfast' brings 2 million diners
US swimmer Phelps suspended over 'pot pipe'
US job cuts last month highest since 1974, unemployment rate rises
Somali pirates agree to release Egyptian ship with fertiliser cargo and 28 crew
US unemployment rate falls in January
Investigation launched after two military aircraft nearly collide with passenger airliner
Moscow experiences the snowiest winter in 100 years
Record size 17.4 million-digit prime found
German education minister stripped of PhD for plagiarism