Death of St. Remi, Apostle of France
Templars receive their Rule, at the Council of Troyes
Death of Robert de Craon, 2nd Master of the Templars
Edward III proclaimed King of England
Death of Frederick III, King of Germany
St. Colette, abbess, reformer of the Poor Clares born
John of Gaunt marries Katherine Rouet.
Marriage of Louis II, King of Bohemia and Hungary, to Maria of Austria
Edmund Spenser, poet (The Faerie Queene), dies at about 46
Galileo discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter
Death of Jan Bruegel, painter
French fairy tale writer Charles Perrault, author of the Mother Goose stories. (some sources January 12) born
Fall of the Bastille to the Fronde
Prosper Jolyot de Crbillon, pre, French tragic dramatist born
President Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.
Salmon P. Chase, cabinet member, 6th Chief Justice. born
(or 1834) Unitarian minister Horatio Alger, author of rags-to-riches stories born
Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patented the accordion.
President Lincoln names Edwin M. Stanton Secretary of War. Stanton was a major player in the Civil War.
Composer Stephen Foster ("My Old Kentucky Home") died in a New York hospital.
In Palermo, Wagner finished composing Parcifal.
Singer Sophie (Abuza) Tucker ('Last of the Red Hot Mamas') born
Alfred Fuller, the original Fuller Brush Man born
Emile Zola's famous defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, "J'accuse,"was published in Paris.
A tidal wave kills upwards of 1,000 Tuamotu natives in the South Sea Islands.
English photographer Cecil Beaton born
Hugh Gernsback of the Electro Importing Company advertised radio receivers for sale for the low, low price of just $7.50 in "Scientific American" magazine. This was the first ad for selling the invention, it guaranteed reception of about one mile.
WWII U.S. Army General Earle Wheeler born
Musician Butter (Quentin) Jackson (Trombonist with Duke Ellington's orchestra) born
Actor Jeff Morrow (The Robe; The Creature Walks Among Us, The Giant Claw; The Story of Ruth, Octaman) born
Author and show-biz columnist Army (Armand) Archerd born
California votes to ratify the Prohibition amendment.
Actor Robert (Modini) Stack (The Untouchables, Written on the Wind, Strike Force, Airplane, Unsolved Mysteries) born
NY Times Editorial says rockets can never fly.
Hollywood columnist Army Archerd born
The Senate Immigration Committee amends laws to admit 25,000 Armenian orphans.
Actress-singer-dancer Gwen Verdon (Damn Yankees, Can-Can, High Button Shoes; film: Damn Yankees, Cocoon) born
A woman takes a seat on the NY Stock Exchange breaking the all-male tradition.
Country singer Liz Anderson (Pick of the Week, [My Friends are Gonna Be] Strangers, Ride, Ride, Ride) born
Actress Frances Sternhagen born
The Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey is named the George Washington Memorial Bridge.
Actor-director Charles Nelson Reilly (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Cannonball Run) born
The U.S. bars Americans from serving in the Spanish War.
Maurice Martenot patented an electronic keyboard and named it after himself. The "Ondes Martenot" would be scored in works by several French composers including Honnegger and Milhaud.
Singer Allan Jones recorded "The Donkey Serenade" for Victor Records. The song became his signature song. Allan sang and acted in several Marx Brothers films: "A Night at the Opera", "A Day at the Races"; but the film that catapulted him to stardom was the operetta, "Firefly" with Jeanette MacDonald.
Actor Billy Gray (On Moonlight Bay, Two for the Seesaw) born
Novelist James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland at age 58.
Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile which allowed for a 30% decrease in car weight.
American First Army enters Houffalize in the heart of the Belgian Bulge.
Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premiered in Moscow. It was to become the most popular and critically acclaimed of his full-length symphonies. The Fifth has some of the best examples of Prokofiev's motoric rhythm and pugent harmony.
Rock musician Trevor Rabin (Yes) born
Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White born
Chase National and the Bank of Manhattan agree to merge resulting in the second largest U.S. bank.
Elvis Presley recorded "All Shook Up" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" for Victor Records. "All Shook Up" became Elvis' ninth consecutive gold record.
Linus Pauling presents a petition of 9,000 scientists asking the UN to halt nuclear tests.
Actor Kevin Anderson born
Rock singer Graham "Suggs" McPherson (Madness) born
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus born
Comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles.
Country singer Trace Adkins born
Actress Penelope Ann Miller born
Elizabeth Montgomery's character, Samantha, on "Bewitched" had a baby this day. Tabitha was the name given to the daughter.
Actor Patrick Dempsey born
Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Johnson.
Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minnesota, at age 66.
U.S. offers Pakistan two-year aid plan to counter the Soviet threat in Afghanistan.
An Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington DC's 14th Street Bridge after takeoff and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.
Seven top New York Mafia bosses were sentenced to 100 years in prison each, including the heads of the Genovese, Colombo and Lucchese crime families.
West German police arrested Mohammed Ali Hamadi, a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner.
Gunmen in Lebanon abducted French reporter Roger Auque (he was released along with another hostage, Jean-Louis Normandin, the following November).
The Supreme Court ruled, five-to-three, that public school officials had broad powers to censor school newspapers, school plays and other "school-sponsored expressive activities."
New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him. (He was freed the following September.)
L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.
A Soviet crackdown in the Baltics had Soviet troops storming Lithuania's radio-television center . The assault saw 15 killed and 140 injured.
UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a bid to avoid war in the Persian Gulf.
Forty-two people were killed in a brawl and stampede during a soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two.
Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian negotiators began talks in Washington on Palestinian autonomy.
President Bush bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on former President Reagan.
The space shuttle "Endeavour" blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
American and allied warplanes raided southern Iraq. Marine Private First Class Domingo Arroyo became the first US serviceman to be killed in Somalia.
President Clinton held talks in Moscow with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Authorities in Portland, Oregon, arrested Shawn Eckardt, a bodyguard for figure skater Tonya Harding, and Derrick Smith in connection with the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
Italy named Treasury Minister Lamberto Dini its new prime minister.
Authorities in the Philippines said they had unearthed a conspiracy by militant Muslims to assassinate Pope John Paul the Second during his visit.
President Clinton paid a front-line visit to American forces in Bosnia, praising the troops as "warriors for peace."
Nine Republican presidential hopefuls debated in Des Moines, Iowa, where front-runner Bob Dole and flat-tax champion Steve Forbes found themselves facing repeated, bristling criticism.
Seven black soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for World War Two valor; the lone survivor of the group, former Lieutenant Vernon Baker, received his medal from President Clinton at the White House.
The Supreme Court aggressively questioned both sides in a battle over whether a sexual-harassment lawsuit should be allowed to proceed against President Clinton while he was in office. (The following May, the justices ruled unanimously that it could.)
Scott Ritter, the American head of a UN arms team who Iraq has accused of spying, said Iraqi officials had prevented his group from carrying out its inspections for a second successive day. He said Iraqi monitors had failed to show up at UN headquarters, despite being told his team would be waiting for them at 9 a.m. to begin work. Without the Iraqi officials, it cannot enter the sites it wants to inspect.
After a flawless trip into orbit around the moon, the U.S. space probe Lunar Prospector started scouring the lunar surface for possible reserves of water which could prove invaluable for any future human moon colonies. The Prospector probe was launched six days earlier took four and a half days to travel close to the moon.
The National Football League completed a blockbuster $9.2 billion deal with the Walt Disney Company, which got to keep "Monday Night Football" for ABC and won the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.
Three masked men robbed two Brink's guards of $1.17 million inside New York's World Trade Center. (The robbers were dubbed the blundering bandits after authorities said they removed their masks while under video surveillance; three suspects were arrested.)
President Clinton's legal team dispatched a formal trial brief to the Senate, arguing that neither "fact or law" warranted his removal from office; House officials sent the Senate all public evidence in the case.
Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the Chicago Bulls.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.
President Bush fainted briefly after choking on a pretzel while watching a football game.
The off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks" was performed for the last time, ending a run of nearly 42 years and 17,162 shows.
Christian Longo, wanted on charges of killing his wife and three children and dumping their bodies into coastal waters off Oregon, was arrested in Mexico.
Jefferson Airplane drummer dies at 66
Bush pressured Israel to seize Chinese aircraft
Mexican candidate confident of winning OAS leadership race
Beijing plans $242B freeway link to Taiwan
Third in line to British throne dresses as Nazi
Suicide attack at Karni crossing between Gaza Strip, Israel
Huygens moon probe to land on Titan
Honduras deploys 8,000 troops to ensure peaceful elections
Thatcher Pleads Guilty in Coup Plot
Brazilian deputies meet Ramallah Abbas
US government stops looking for weapons of mass destruction
Turkish government accused of being too slow to respond to bird flu
Distributed computing to get "interstellar project"
Turkish teens died of mutated strain of bird flu
Iran nuclear talks have stalled
Homeland Security helps secure open-source code
German intelligence participated in U.S. bombing of Iraq, media alleges
Thai civil rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaichit presumed dead
John Kitzhaber not running for governor of Oregon
Australia accused of bullying East Timor over oil field treaty
"Genius" award recipient and other luminaries campaigning for worldwide renunciation of war
Tsunami warning issued after earthquake near Japan
Mine collapses in West Virginia; 2 reported dead
Western New York prepares for ice storm
Ship accident in Norwegian sea causes environmental catastrophe
Bloggers cite rumors of US "secret war" with Iran and Syria
Japanese court plans to seize control of 2channel
Costello sparks new Liberal leadership speculation
San Diego Chargers upset Indianapolis Colts
2007 Darwin Award winners announced
Australian government to tackle banks on mortgages
Interest rate increases prompt criticism of new Australian treasurer
Hydrogen gas cloud to smash into Milky Way galaxy
Bodies of 2 children allegedly thrown from bridge are found
8 dead following road collision in New Brunswick, Canada
Bush warns gulf States of Iran 'threat'
Heavy fighting continues in the Gaza Strip
Israel bans two Arab political parties
Human Rights Watch: Israel used white phosphorus on densely populated areas in Gaza
US financier Madoff to remain free on bail
European court in Strasbourg rules UK's Terrorism Act in breach of human rights law
Alleged drug kingpin arrested in Mexico
US TV host Conan O'Brien rejects NBC's offer to switch his show's time slot
Indian hockey players return to training camp after strike
Details emerge in Haiti earthquake; thousands feared dead
Local al-Qaida leader killed in eastern Yemen
Google may shut down Chinese operations due to censorship and cyber attacks
George Garanian, Russian Armenian jazz band leader, dies at age 75
At least 443 dead after flooding in Brazil
Burma introduces military draft
Tucson gunman appears in court for Giffords shooting
Mayor declares weather emergency in New York City
Release of 'Verizon iPhone' set for early February
US President Barack Obama speaks at memorial for Arizona shooting victims
Observing the Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the US, and wider world
Fires burn across eastern Australia amid summer heatwave
FAA orders review of Boeing 787 Dreamliners following week of incidents