Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian the First died.
Charles Perrault, Paris, poet, fairy tale collector (some sources January 13) born
Lazarites, or Congregation of Priests of the Mission, founded
Settlement of Warwick, Rhode Island
Archibald and Thomas Wanderson ordered to pay 100 marks fine for court expenses to try their wives as witches. The wives were later executed.
Handel's "Ottone." was premiered. rehearsal Handel got one soprano to sing an aria the way he wanted it (slowly, without too much embellishment) by threatening to hang her upside-down out a window.
Statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.") born
American patriot John Hancock born
The first public museum in America was established, in Charleston, South Carolina.
The citizens of Newport, Rhode Island, voted to outlaw anyone who bought or sold tea.
Painter John Singer Sargent born
Novelist Jack (John Chaney) London (The Sea Wolf, The Call of the Wild, White Fang) born
The composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was born in Venice. born
Comedian Joe E. (Klewan) Lewis born
Singer Tex (Woodward) Ritter (High Noon, Blood on the Saddle) born
Wireless message sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Actress Luise Rainer (some sources list 1912) born
Journalist Martin Agronsky born
The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.
The US House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
Former South African President P.W. Botha born
U.S. is to use state prisoners as farm laborers.
President Woodrow Wilson reports that 29,000 Jews were killed in the 1919 Ukraine pogroms.
U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.
Country singer Ray Price (Crazy Arms, Make the World Go Away, For the Good Times, I Won't Mention it Again, Nightlife) born
Auto racer Lloyd Ruby born
Vladimir Horowitz debuted as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the very same night that Sir Thomas Beecham gave his first public performance in the United States.
Singer Glenn Yarborough (Baby the Rain Must Fall) born
Oliver Wendell Holmes quits the Supreme Court at age 90.
Mrs. Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
The "Amazing Kreskin" born
Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) born
The Ink Spots gained national attention after five years together as they recorded "If I Didn't Care."
Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.
President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
The wartime Office of Price Administration said standard frankfurters would be replaced by "Victory Sausages" consisting of a mixture of meat and soy meal.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier (World Heavyweight Champion 1970-1973) born
During World War Two, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
Singer-musician George Duke born
Rock musician Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone) born
Actor Anthony Andrews born
The Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
"Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" premiered on CBS-TV. The TV favorite stayed on the network for seven years.
The Chicago-based children's show, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," made its national debut on NBC-TV. Fran Allison was hostess.
Baseball pitcher Randy Jones (Cy Young Award 1976) born
Actress Kirstie Alley (Cheers, Look Who's Talking) born
Political commentator Rush Limbaugh born
Country singer Ricky Van Shelton born
Radio personality Howard Stern born
Rock musician Tom Ardolino (NRBQ) born
Rock musician Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) born
Leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government.
Rock singer Rob Zombie (White Zombie) born
President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the US should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended. ]
"Batman" debuted on ABC-TV. Adam West starred as Batman and Burt Ward was, Robin.
Rapper TBird (B-Rock and the Bizz) born
Model-actress Vendela born
"All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV. Carol O'Connor starred as Archie Bunker, Rob Reiner as Meathead, Sally Struthers as Gloria and Jean Stapleton as Edith.
A federal grand jury indicted the Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other people, including a nun and two priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap presidential adviser Henry Kissinger.
President Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.
Rock musician Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) born
Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
Mystery writer Dame Agatha Christie died in Wallingford, England, at age 85.
The U.N. Security Council voted 11-1 to seat the Palestine Liberation Organization for its debate on the Middle East. The United States cast the only dissenting vote.
The shuttle "Columbia" blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
Europe was snowed-in with a pounding of snow and record low temperatures as a 'Siberian Express' spread across the continent.
Britain's 22-year-old Prince Edward caused a stir by resigning from his Royal Marines training course.
Willie Stargell, a 21-year slugger with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in his first year of eligibility.
Actor Andrew Lawrence born
President-elect Bush completed the selection of his Cabinet, naming retired Admiral James D. Watkins secretary of energy and former education secretary William J. Bennett drug czar.
Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani named eight soldiers, including chief of the military academy, as suspects in the November 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests.
The astronauts aboard the space shuttle "Columbia" retrieved an eleven-ton floating science laboratory in a rescue mission that kept the satellite from plunging to Earth.
A deeply divided Congress gave President Bush the authority to wage war in the Persian Gulf. The Senate voted 52-47 to empower Bush to use armed forces to expel Iraq from Kuwait; the House followed suit on a vote of 250-183.
Memorial services were held in Paris for ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and in New York for jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom had died on January sixth.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Beethoven symphonic cycle, a nice mix of period performance and modern feeling, sold more than 100-thousand copies.
A U.S. Marine taking part in the humanitarian relief mission in Somalia was killed; the same day, members of Congress called for a withdrawal of some U.S. forces.
President Clinton asked Attorney General Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the Whitewater affair.
A Los Angeles federal jury ruled Michael Jackson did not steal the songs ``Thriller,'' ``The Girl Is Mine'' and ``We Are The World'' from his former neighbors in Gary, Indiana.
President Clinton dropped his opposition to having a special counsel investigate his 1980's real estate investment with Arkansas businessman James B. McDougal.
President Clinton, en route to Russia, nailed down an agreement with Ukraine to eliminate the country's nuclear arsenal, the third-largest in the world.
The controversy over House Speaker Newt Gingrich's book deal continued. It was reported that Gingrich had met in November with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of the book company, prior to signing the agreement. Gingrich later said he promised no help to Murdock.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an American soldier was killed, another wounded, during a shootout with a former Haitian army officer who was also killed.
Amid unprecedented media hype, the murder trial of Hall of Fame football star O.J. Simpson began in a Los Angeles Superior Court. Simpson was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.
President Clinton and congressional leaders agreed on a bailout package that'd give Mexico as much as $40 billion in loan guarantees. Two and a half weeks later, when Congress failed to act quickly to approve the deal, Clinton invoked his emergency authority to loan Mexico $20 billion.
Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges she tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (the charges were later dropped in a settlement with the government).
Chechen fighters holding more than 100 hostages in the Russian village of Pervomayskaya freed about a dozen of their captives and pledged to release the rest if four top Russian officials took their place.
Two recently enrolled female cadets at The Citadel announced they were not returning for the spring semester, citing harassment by male cadets.
The shuttle "Atlantis" blasted off on a mission to pick up American astronaut John Blaha from the Russian space station "Mir."
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers, 30-to-13, to win the NFC Championship while the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-to-6, to claim the AFC Championship.
Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
CBS signed a $4 billion, eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion, eight-year contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on Sunday afternoons.
A judge ordered Tyson Foods Inc to pay $6 million in fines and penalties for giving airplane rides, pro football tickets and other gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.
New York and New Jersey squared off at the Supreme Court over which state could claim that Ellis Island, the nation's historic gateway for 16 million immigrants, falls within its borders. d
A policeman and a firefighter were killed when a vehicle went out of control and hit them as they were investigating a six-car pileup on an Ohio rain-slicked highway. Another firefighter was critically injured and taken to the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after the accident near Centerville, about 10 miles south of Dayton.
Nineteen European nations signed a treaty in Paris opposing human cloning.
Germany said it had agreed to establish a $110 million fund to compensate Jewish victims of the Nazis in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Payments from the fund would be released starting 1999 over a period of four years, Chancellery Minister Friedrich Bohl said, benefitting an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 victims.
A German man went on trial in a Florida federal court for allegedly making death threats against President Clinton. Zsolt Sass, 34, was arrested in September for making the threat numerous times. He reportedly described his plans to his girlfriend in detail. Police investigating the claim found seven guns and eight knives in his car.
The Supreme Court limited state regulation of voter initiatives, striking down several methods used by Colorado to police such measures.
Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder.
Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag race.
Forced to act by a European court ruling, Britain lifted its ban on gays in the military.
The US Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.
Nine die in bush-fires in South Australia
Iraqi violence may restrict elections
Brazilian President son's photoblog causes polemic
Spanish trawler missing, three die in UK as storms hit northern Europe
UK mounts rescue operation for Spanish trawler in distress in North Atlantic storm
United States trade deficit reaches all time high
Calls for aid to help feed millions, as East Africa plunges into drought
Shooter of former Pope John Paul II released from prison
Lobbyist giant shuts down due to ties with Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay
Colombian unions reiterate their accusations against Coca Cola
Hospitality exchange organisation grows to 100,000 members
New DNA tests find executed Virginia man was guilty
Hundreds dead in Hajj stampede
Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations released
NHL hockey referee sounds off to website
President Bush tours Katrina affected region
Internal audit reveals IRS improperly identified hundreds of thousands of taxpayers as potential frauds
World's biggest polluters won't cut back on fossil fuel
US General invokes right against self-incrimination in Abu Ghraib case
Peter Jackson banned from working with New Line
Canon Inc. to buy the stake of Toshiba in their joint venture
Car and train collide in Buffalo, New York
Canadian CEO accused of fraud, suspected to have fled country
Explosion at the U.S. embassy in Athens
US raids Iran 'liaison office', Russia says it is unacceptable
Cisco sues Apple for iPhone trademark
"Children of Men" wins Scripter Award for writing
Bush says US troop build-up in Iraq has brought 'hope'
Nigerian fuel tanker explosion leaves at least 30 dead
Report: UK schools advised not to upgrade to Vista
Protests mark anniversary of Guantanamo detention center
Blue Jackets Send Mason back to OHL
Delta Air Lines may enter merge talks with Northwest or United Airlines
Ferries collide between Hong Kong and Macau in fog
Nationalist Party wins Taiwan election
'No treaty withdrawal', says Lakota elder
Five Toronto teenagers charged with armed robbery
Indonesia ferry sinks near Majene, more than 260 people missing
Eight killed by flooding in Fiji
Former Satyam CEO Raju, his brother and CFO arrested and detained in profit-fraud scandal
7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off Haitian coast
Al-Qaida demands hostage exchange; threatens to kill if demands not met
Former baseball star McGwire admits to steroid use
Bus crashes into shop in Cardiff, Wales
New Jersey to legalize medical marijuana
Iranian media: Professor of Tehran University killed in bombing
At least fourteen dead after rebel clashes in Somalia
Three dead in workplace shooting in Georgia, USA
UNHCR: 200,000 people displaced by violence in Yemen
Former U.S. governor Palin signs TV deal with Fox News
India test-fires 'Astra' missile
Former Bartlett, Illinois official punished for possessing child porn
Former US Congressman Tom DeLay sentenced to three years in prison
Inquiry ordered into video of US troops urinating on Taliban fighters
Valuable paintings stolen from Greek gallery
Mitt Romney wins the New Hampshire Republican primary
Real Madrid defeats Celta Vigo 4-0 in Copa del Rey octofinals
Report: hacker activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide