Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.
Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
Elizabeth I is crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London.
Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to Poland.
The British Museum opens.
American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
Greek War of Independence: Demetrius Ypsilanti is elected president of the legislative assembly.
University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
Fort Fisher North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the United States Democratic Party with a donkey ("A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly).
The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women.
Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.
The first building to be completely covered in glass is completed in Toledo, Ohio (the building is built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company).
The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California.
Chinese Civil War: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
Ilse Koch, "The Bitch of Buchenwald", wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
The government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in Nigeria is overthrown in a military coup dâ€™Ã©tat.
The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles, California. Green Bay Packers defeat Kansas City Chiefs 35-10
The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
Muammar al-Qaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafra surrenders.
Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer kills his first victims by binding, torturing and murdering Joseph, Joseph II, Josephine and Julie Otero in their house.
Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
The KÃ¤lvesta air disaster kills 22 people, the worst air crash in Sweden's history.
The Living Seas opens at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World, Florida.
AT&T's long distance telephone network suffers a cascade switching failure.
The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as 'The Beast', is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive
The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
Man is waiting for 139 days in front of theater for "Star Wars" movie
IBM Releases 500 patents to open source community
Finland, Canada named among world's most-fit nations
Graner found guilty of mistreatment at Abu Ghraib
Capture of FARC member creates crisis between Venezuela and Colombia
An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
Ottawa 67's lose to Saginaw Spirit, 7-5
Finnish Presidential election held. NiinistÃ¶ and Halonen goes to the next round
US Justice Department sues American Airlines on behalf of reservists
Protests erupt in Pakistan over US air strike
Sunderland v Chelsea Jan 15th 2006
Chile elects first woman President
US Senators, EU voice support for Iran sanctions
Stardust lands in Utah successfully
Israeli PM Ariel Sharon to undergo more surgery
Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged
Arnold Schwarzenegger to visit Canada
Saddam's co-defendant decapitated while being hanged
Internet pirates want their own nation
Hydrofoil collides with cargo ship near Sicily
Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
New Zealand Commerce Commission investigating Australian company
Malaysian government warns citizens about Uncyclopedia
Former East Timor Prime Minister calls for Xanana GusmÃ£o to resign
Party involving 500 youths in Australia causes A$20,000 in damages
Taliban attacks hotel in Kabul, seven killed
Oscar Foreign Film race narrowed to nine films
Bush urges OPEC to raise output whilst in Saudi Arabia
Kenya's parliament meets for first time since disputed election
Bobby Jindal sworn in as governor of Louisiana
US to sell precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia
Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger glided an Airbus A320 with 150 passengers and 5 crew to a safe landing in the Hudson River after striking a flock of birds had shut down both engines
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Day 20
Canadian energy company offers reward for info on pipeline bombings
US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.
Main UN compound in Gaza shelled with 'white phosphorus'
US Airways jet makes emergency landing in river by New York City
Crossing guard killed by truck in Glasgow, Scotland
Eleven year-old driver kills family in collision
Sixteen civilians killed by bomber in southern Afghanistan
Haitian earthquake: in pictures
Haiti relief efforts: in depth
Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson under fire for remarks about earthquake in Haiti
NBA star Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to gun possession, could face six months in prison
Republican leads race to fill Ted Kennedy's vacated US Senate seat
State of emergency declared in Tunisia
US Marine killed after vehicle capsizes, sinks in Oceanside Harbor, California