St. Mark becomes Pope 0888 King of the West Franks
Beheading of Marie, wife of King Louis II of Bavaria
Death of St. Margaret of Hungary
Death of John Stanley, first Lord of Manx
Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York.
Balboa returns to Darien from the Pacific
Pizarro founds Lima, Peru
Gilles Garnier burned as a werewolf in Dole, France
Mansfredo and Fernando Donady denounced as being the Devil's bankers, arrested, tortured and burned
Frederick the Third of Brandenburg was crowned as King Frederick the First of Prussia.
English navigator Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands, which he dubbed the "Sandwich Islands."
English physician Peter Roget, who compiled "Roget's Thesaurus," invented Slide Rule,and pocket chessboard born
Lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster in Salisbury, New Hampshire. born
American inventor and manufacturer Joseph Dixon born
Joseph Glidden, inventor. (first comercial Barbed wire) born
Cesar Cui was born in Vilnia, then part of Russia but today Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Cui was a member of the Mighty Five, or Mighty Handful, the group including Rimsky-Korsakov, Moussorgsky, Borodin, and Balakirev. born
Emmanuel Chabrier was born in the Auvergne province of France. He knew Renoir, Mallarme and Faure. Manet died in his arms. He's remembered for his orchestral suite "Espana" and the popular "Joyeuse March." born
Inventor Thomas A Watson assistant to Bell. born
William of Prussia was crowned the first German emperor in a nice little ceremony at Versailles.
Author A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne "Winnie the Pooh" born
Oliver Hardy, of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy. born
Actor (Archibald Leach) Cary Grant (She Done Him Wrong, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic and Old Lace, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest) born
The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his plane in for a safe landing on the deck of the USS "Pennsylvania" in San Francisco Harbor.
Writer of short stories, novels, and travel books William Sansom born
English explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition reached the South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there first. (Scott and his party died during the return trip.)
Comedian, dancer, singer, actor Danny Kaye (David Kominski) born
The World War One Peace Congress opened in Versailles, France.
"New York Daily Mirror" columnist, Walter Winchell made his debut on radio, broadcasting a blend of political commentary and celebrity gossip to `Mr. and Mrs. America.'
Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt born
Movie director John Boorman born
Su-Lin arrived in San Francisco, California. She was the first giant panda to come to the U.S. from China. The bear was sold to the Brookfield Zoo for $8,750.
Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers" on Decca Records.
Singer David Ruffin lead singer for The Temptations born
Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro (Honey, See the Funny Little Clown, Summer: The First Time, Watching Scotty Grow) born
General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan.
A wartime ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the US -- aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts -- went into effect.
During World War Two, the Soviets announced they'd broken the long Nazi siege (16 months) of Leningrad.
Montreal Expos pitcher Carl Morton born
Auto racer Jimmy Caruthers born
Ted Mack came to television as "The Original Amateur Hour" debuted on the DuMont Network. The program continued on different networks for a 22-year run on the tube. Mack presented many young, up-and-coming stars who later claimed great fame in show biz. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone are just a couple.
Ghandi breaks a 121-hour fast after halting Moslem-Hindu riots.
Football's Pat Sullivan Atlanta Falcons quarterback; Auburn Heisman Trophy winner born
Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson born
Actor-director Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams, JFK, The Bodyguard, The Untouchables, Waterworld, Dances with Wolves) born
Country singer Mark Collie born
The U.S. sprays foliage with pesticide in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.
Indira Gandhi, daughter of the late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, became prime minister of India.
Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed by a fellow inmate in 1973.)
Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) born
"The Jeffersons" appeared for the first time on CBS-TV. The show was a spin-off; based on the black family that moved next door to the bigoted Archie Bunker in "All in the Family."
Center for Disease Control isolates the cause of Legionnaire's disease.
Dionne Warwick's single for AID's research, "That's What Friends are For", became her second #1 song on the music charts.
An airliner crashed in southwestern China, killing all 108 people on board, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The US Supreme Court upheld a tough, year-old sentencing system for people convicted of federal crimes, overruling more than 150 trial judges who had struck down the guidelines.
Washington mayor Marion Barry was arrested in an FBI sting at a hotel in the capital. He was charged with buying and smoking crack cocaine. He was videotaped doing it. (he was later convicted of a misdemeanor).
A jury in Los Angeles acquitted former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, of 52 child molestation charges.
Financially strapped Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business.
Former New York Congressman Hamilton Fish Sr. died in Cold Spring, N.Y., at age 102.
Three young people were crushed to death at an AC-DC concert in Salt Lake City.
Iraq fired at least eight missiles at Israel in a bid to drag the Jewish state into the Gulf War the day after the allies had launched operation "Desert Storm."
Allied warplanes attacked targets in "no fly" zones in southern and northern Iraq.
The Martin Luther King Junior holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh released his final report in which he said former President Reagan had acquiesced in a cover-up of the scandal, an accusation Reagan called "baseless."
Retired Admiral Bobby Inman withdrew his nomination to be defense secretary, denouncing what he described as attacks on his character and reputation.
The death toll continued to climb in Kobe, Japan, where a major earthquake had claimed more than six-thousand lives.
South African President Nelson Mandela's cabinet denied amnesty sought by 3500 police officers in apartheid's waning days
Greece's ruling socialist party elected Costas Simitis, an avid party reformer, to replace its ailing founder Andreas Papandreou as prime minister.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced that 82 hostages were freed when his forces wiped out Chechen fighters in Pervomayskaya, ending a weeklong standoff; however, he said 18 other hostages were missing.
Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.
Former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas, who rebounded from cancer to briefly become the Democratic front-runner for president in 1992, died in Boston of pneumonia at age 55.
Pope John Paul the Second named 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Francis Eugene George of Chicago and James Francis Stafford, the former archbishop of Denver.
The motion picture "Titanic" won four Golden Globes, including best drama and best director for James Cameron. "Ally McBeal" beat out "Seinfeld" as the best TV comedy. Peter Fonda grabbed the best dramatic actor award for his portrayal of a bee keeper in "Ulee's Gold." British actress Judi Dench won the Golden Globe for best actress in a dramatic film for "Mrs. Brown."
Former President Jimmy Carter asked Florida vegetable growers and farm workers to begin talks because of a hunger strike in protest against low wages. 3 workers reached the 30th day of their hunger strike, which they have vowed to continue until their deaths to prod central Florida growers to improve wages for tomato pickers.
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdul Salam al-Majali condemned the killing of Iraq's charge d'affaires and 7 others in Amman by unknown assailants, saying it was an attack on his country.
Defying global outrage over the massacre of 45 ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo, Serb forces pounded villages with artillery. The Yugoslav government also ordered the American head of the Kosovo peace mission to leave the country and barred a UN investigator looking into the massacre.
In a blow to the Pentagon's push to develop a national missile defense by 2005, officials announced that a prototype missile interceptor had roared into space in search of a mock warhead over the Pacific, but had failed to hit it.
Actress Virginia Mayo dies
Romanian president to visit United Kingdom
Romania plans to send more troops to Iraq
Romanians raise 395,000 euro for tsunami victims
Chile's candidate convinced of enough votes to become OAS chief
Latham quits as Australian Labor leader
White rhinos fly to safety
Deadliest year ever for journalists?
New tsunami could hit soon
Archbishop kidnapped in Iraq released unharmed
Airbus launches world's largest passenger plane
Swedish doctor prosecuted for refusal to hand over patient data
First ever corruption conviction of public official in Honduras
Australian senate inquiry receives 4,000 submisions on abortion pill
40 Asylum seekers missing off Torres Strait
Missing asylum seekers found off Cape York
Heavy selling leads to shortened session at Tokyo stock exchange
Gore criticizes use of unwarranted domestic wiretaps
Eurozone initiative to challenge US internet technology dominance
Dogs rescue owner during diabetic attack
Interview with Brazilian blogger Ricardo Serran Lobo
UK Mobile Data Network Collapses
New Zealand Prime Minister won't visit Waitangi marae
Sharp declines in Intel, Yahoo lead tech stocks lower
Boliviaâ€™s Morales announces treason trial for army general
"Fathers for Justice" is coming to an end
Australians unite against whaling in Southern Ocean
Gas leak disrupts London railway service
Al Qaeda bomb maker reportedly killed in U.S. airstrike in Pakistan
Young Iraqi teen death investigated as possible bird flu case
At least eight people die in office fire in Vladivostok, Russia
Polish journalist imprisoned for libelling municipal employee
Peasant group to rap Philippine military for â€˜electioneeringâ€™
Apple Inc. doubled its profits
New search engine to search inside Wikipedia
EU report in favour of adopting open source software
UK Celebrity Big Brother loses sponsorship over racism allegations
Iran says it's ready for standoff over nuclear activities
China shoots down weather satellite with ballistic missile
World University Games opened in Turin
Airline checks Dell and Apple computers for hazard
Cambodian woman found after 19 years of jungle life
Proposed Spanish national anthem lyrics withdrawn due to controversy
Chess master Bobby Fischer dead at 64
Data from 650,000 credit card holders lost in US
Lordi added to billing of Serbia's Castle Festival
Gunmen abduct 3 ICRC representatives in the Philippines
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashes at Texas A&M, kills one, injures four
Queensland win W-League Grand Final
Israel announces ceasefire in Gaza Strip; rocket fire into Israel continues
Obama's Inaugural Celebration "We are One" attracts 400,000
US Airways jet recovered from Hudson River
Taliban launches series of attacks against Afghanistan capital
Mongolia establishes moratorium on executions
Senegal president offers free land to "repatriate" Haitians
World's oldest dog dies at age 20
Istanbul named European Capital of Culture for 2010
Historic gym the site of Benet Academy, Illinois victory over Oswego
Japan Airlines to file for bankruptcy
At least ten dead after clashes in Nigeria
US drone strike kills at least fifteen in Pakistan
Ukraine presidential election headed for runoff
Two children die after contracting H1N1 virus in Northern Ireland
Salman Rushdie may not attend literature festival in India following widespread protests
Meteorites in Morocco found to be from Mars
India and China to develop friendly relations