Death of St. Cyril of Alexandria
Death of Muiredach MacRory (Marianus Scotus), Abbot of Ratisbon
Ridwan fails to relieve the Crusader's Siege of Antioch
Coronation of Pope Calixtus II in France
First Scottish Parliament assembles at Scone
Burning of a Mr. Sawtre as a Lollard heretic
Marriage of Mathias I, King of Hungary, to Catherine of Bohemia
Pereira discovers Santa Appolionia Island, later named Reunion...and the Dodo bird
Burning of Dr. Rowland Taylor as an heretic
John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
Murder of Lord Henry Darley, husband of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
The Duke of Medina-Sidonia appointed to head the Spanish Armada
Burning of Lucilio Vanini, aka "Giulio Cesare," freethinker
William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States His term in office was the shortest in our nation's history -- 32 days. born
The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the coast of Nevis.
Samuel Tilden, philanthropist born
After no presidential candidate won the necessary majority, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams the sixth president of the United States.
William Maybach, German engineer, designed the first Mercedes automobile born
Tennessee votes against secession.
The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
The US Weather Bureau was established.
Imagist poet Amy Lowell in Brookline, Massachusetts (What's O'Clock, Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds). born
U.S. Weather Service is founded.
Actor Ronald Colman (Lost Horizon, Prisoner of Zenda, Around the World in 80 Days, Romola) born
Verdi's final opera premiered at La Scala. "Falstaff" was a big success.
The first college basketball game was played as Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated the "Porkers" of Hamline College, 9-3.
This was not one of Debussy's best days when his wife found a love letter in his pocket that made it clear he was having an affair. The ensuing fight, which featured his wife threatening to shoot herself, got into the papers and harmed Debussy professionally for awhile.
Actor Brian Donlevy (Destry Rides Again, Wake Island, Arizona Bushwackers, Five Golden Dragons, Jesse James, Dangerous Assignment) born
Doctor Doyen of Paris, performs a successful operation on Siamese twins from the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Japanese troops land near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first black writer in the United States to support himself by writing, died in Dayton, Ohio.
Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk born
The first forestry school was incorporated at Kent, Ohio.
France agrees to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.
Entertainer and author Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick) ( Seattle, Washington). Her autobiography, "Gypsy," was made into a Broadway musical and a motion picture. She died in 1970. born
Entertainer and author Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick) ( Seattle, Washington). Her autobiography, "Gypsy," was made into a Broadway musical and a motion picture. She died in 1970.
Singer and actress Carmen (de Cunha) Miranda (Mama Eu Quero, The Lady with the Tutti Frutti Hat) born
The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
Actress (Zelma Hednick) Kathryn Grayson (Kiss Me Kate, Show Boat, The Kissing Bandit, It Happened in Brooklyn, Anchors Aweigh). born
Dobrolet, the Soviet state airline, was formed. It was renamed Aeroflot in 1932.
Television journalist Roger Mudd born
Sculptor Robert Morris born
America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, New York.
Golfer Jo Ann Prentice born
The Oxford Union Society at Oxford University debated, then approved, 275-to-153, a motion stating "this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country," a stand that was widely denounced by other Britons.
Actress Janet Suzman born
Songwriter Barry Mann born
Singer-songwriter Carole (Klein) King (Loco-motion, It Might as Well Rain Until September, It's Too Late, Jazzman). born
Daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India. Detachment 101 harried the Japanese in Burma and provided close support for regular Allied forces.
The US Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War Two.
The Russians take back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Nazis.
The World War Two battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
Singer Barbara Lewis (Make Me Your Baby, Hello Stranger, Baby I'm Yours). born
Author Alice Walker. born
Actress (Maria de Lourdes Villers) Mia Farrow. born
Stalin announces the new five-year plan for the U.S.S.R., calling for production boosts of 50 percent.
Actress Judith Light. born
In a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy, R-WI, charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.
Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was infested with communists.
Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang). born
Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship.
The French destroy six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.
Actor Charles Shaughnessy born
An agreement was signed to make Jamaica an independent nation within the British Commonwealth later in the year.
Country singer Travis Tritt. born
The first Boeing 727 took off. It became the world's most popular way to fly. A total of 1,832 aircraft was built before production stopped in 1984.
An estimated 73 million viewers tuned in as the Beatles made their first live American television appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show." They were paid $2,400.00. 50,000 requests came in for 728 available seats.
The U.S. embassy in Moscow is stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
Action doll "GI Joe" born
The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight ushering in the age of the jumbo jet.
An earthquake measuring 6.6 struck the San Fernando Valley in California, killing 58 people. Property damage reached $900 million.
The "Apollo 14" spacecraft returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
Canada expels 11 Soviets in spying case.
Bill Haley died on this day in Harlingen, Texas. He was 55. Haley recorded with his group, The Comets, what became known as the anthem of rock and roll: "Rock Around the Clock" from the movie, "Blackboard Jungle".
Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko.
Actor David Gallagher born
In his Saturday radio address, President Reagan accused Congress of thwarting his administration's efforts to run the government more economically.
Seoul admits using force against opposition leader Kim Dae Jung.
Former national security adviser Robert C. McFarlane, who was facing tough questions about his role in the Iran-Contra affair, attempted suicide by swallowing Valium, but survived.
Actress Marina Malota ("Bette") born
One day after Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced that Soviet troops could start withdrawing from Afghanistan by the following May. U.S. officials welcomed the offer, but urged a swifter timetable for total withdrawal.
President Bush, in his first major speech to Congress, proposed a $1.16 trillion "common sense" budget for fiscal 1990.
The Perrier Group of America Inc. announced it was voluntarily recalling its inventory of mineral water in the United States after tests showed the presence of benzene in a small number of bottles.
Voters in Lithuania overwhelmingly endorsed independence from the Soviet Union in a non-binding plebiscite.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell met with ,military commanders in Saudi Arabia to evaluate a possible ground assault against Iraqi forces.
Magic Johnson returned to professional basketball by playing in the NBA All-Star game. (Johnson was named most valuable player as his team, the Western Conference, defeated the Eastern Conference 153-to-113.)
The government of Algeria declared a state of emergency to quell spreading Muslim fundamentalist unrest.
NBC News announced it had settled a defamation lawsuit brought by General Motors over the network's "inappropriate demonstration" of a fiery pickup truck crash on its "Dateline NBC" program.
The general manager of the Metropolitan Opera said he'd "never say never" regarding the possible future use of soprano Kathleen Battle. Joseph Volpe fired Battle after she reportedly was rude to other cast members and failed to show up for rehearsals.
NATO delivered an ultimatum to Bosnian Serbs to remove heavy guns encircling Sarajevo, or face air strikes. Hours before the ultimatum was issued, the Bosnian Serbs agreed to withdraw their artillery and mortars.
PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres initialed an agreement on security measures that had been blocking implementation of a peace accord.
Former Sen. J. William Fulbright died in Washington at age 89.
A collision of rush-hour commuter trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, claimed the lives of both engineers and a passenger.
The Irish republican Army ended its cease-fire with a truck bombing in London that killed two and injured 37.
In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a former member of the city's beach detail shot and killed five former co-workers before killing himself.
Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing.
The East beat the West in the NBA All-Star game, 132-to-120.
The Pentagon said it was sending up to 3000 US ground troops to the Persian Gulf region to discourage what one official called "any creative thinking" by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
At the Nagano Games, German Georg Hackl won the men's luge for the third consecutive Olympics. Winter Olympics weather disruptions caused postponements and rescheduling. Games organizers had to rearrange the schedules of thousands of security guards, bus drivers, caterers and ticket collectors.
President Clinton declared much of California a major disaster area as the state's rain-weary residents prepared to get pummeled again by a fresh storm moving in from the Pacific. The announcement opened the door for federal aid to 27 California counties which were hit with flooding, mudslides, evacuations and power outages caused by a string of El Nino-driven storms that began Feb. 2.
Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze survived an ambush. The unidentified ambushers waged an attack against his mototcade with grenades and firearms. Speaking on television shortly after the assassination attempt, the former Soviet foreign minister urged his compatriots to remain calm as troops and armored vehicles moved onto the streets of the capital Tbilisi.
The Senate began closed-door deliberations in President Clinton's impeachment trial, even though members from both parties acknowledged that the two-thirds margin for conviction could not be attained.
Hackers stepped up their "denial of service" attacks on popular Internet sites, zeroing in on such targets as ETrade and ZDNet, inconveniencing millions of Web users and unnerving Wall Street.
Boeing Company engineers and technical workers began a 40-day strike.
Danish Elections have endorsed the current Centre-Right Coalition
Brazil dismisses English language skills on Diplomatic career admission
FARC surround Colombian town
Star ousted from galaxy by black hole
Baugur makes a US$1,8 billion bid for Somerfield
Hamas dampens Palestinian-Israeli truce
Carly Fiorina ousted from HP
FBI Investigates 1/4 Million Poisoned Dollars
Israel-Palestine ceasefire begins with violence
George Deutsch resigns NASA post after Texas A&M refutes his resume
US Senate offices evacuated
Bird flu spreading through Indonesia and China
Home Office release statistics showing drop in UK's violent crime
Repeal of ministerial control of RU486 bill passes Australian Senate
Berlin court repeals preliminary injunction against Wikimedia Germany
Neil Entwistle, suspect in murder of wife and child, arrested in England
700,000 march in Beirut; Hezbollah leader lambasts Bush and Rice
ESPN trades Al Michaels for "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit"
Sweden reaffirms aims for oil-free economy
Ford Taurus to be revived
China accused of torturing Chinese-Canadian prisoner
New video game genre promises to 'boost psychological health'
HIV vaccine trial set to begin in South Africa
Washington State Initiative would require married couples to have kids
Palestinians, Israelis clash in Jerusalem over construction at Temple Mount
RCMP memorial for fallen Alberta mounties delayed
Dutch parties agree on government formation
Canada, U.S. officials to meet about border security
New legislation may effectively ban iPod use in parts of New York state
Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with International Space Station
Quake strikes around Mexico-U.S. border
American mystery writer Phyllis A. Whitney dies at age 104
Scotland Yard says suicide bomb blast killed Bhutto, not bullet
Huckabee wins Kansas and Louisiana
Memorial service takes place for Heath Ledger
Alleged kidney harvester arrested in Nepal
London's Camden Market in flames
Saudi most-wanted list includes former Guantanamo captives
No injuries, deaths after car-bomb explodes in Madrid, Spain
Airplane crash in Brazil kills 24
US Court of Appeals reduces sentence for former Philippines officer in spy case
More than 160 dead in bushfires in Australia
British jazz musician John Dankworth dies aged 82
Starr gets star; Ringo added to Hollywood Walk of Fame
Michael Jackson doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter
London and Toronto stock exchanges propose merger
Rick Santorum sweeps three non-binding GOP presidential contests
United States deportation policies challenged in Santa Clara County, California