Kidnapping of the retired Japanese Emperor
In the Hundred Years War between England and France, the French city of Rouen surrendered to Henry V thus completing his conquest of Normandy.
Ulrich Zwingli published his "67 Articles"
Francis II, King of France born
Death of Miles Coverdale, 80, publisher of the first printed English Bible.
Hans Sachs died. He was a master singer in the city of Nuremburg and the inspiration for Wagner's opera, "Die Meistersinger."
Death of Abbas, Shah of Persia
Charles I, King of England, brought to trial
Scottish engineer James Watt, inventor of the steam engine born
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee born
Robert E. Lee, the commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, was born in Stratford, Virginia.
American short story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe born
English metallurgist Henry Bessemer born
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett of New York City patented a canning process to preserve salmon, oysters and lobsters.
Paul Cezanne, painter born
Verdi's "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome drew a big crowd despite urban flooding.
Georgia seceded from the Union.
Britain and Egypt established joint control over Sudan.
Queen Victoria of England is stricken by paralysis.
The Imperial Government of China declares that it cannot meet reparation payments for the Boxer Rebellion.
1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England.
A new bicycle race called the Tour de France was announced.
U.S. Secretary of State John Hay secures an agreement with Britain, France and Italy to prevent the partition of China following the Russo-Japanese War.
Luke Wright becomes the 1st U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Comic singer Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue) He sang and played trumpet with Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge; big bandleader; combo: The Shy Guys born
John Philip Sousa was conducting a concert of his music in Britain when part of the stage collapsed and he fell through it. People who were in the audience reported that Sousa simply climbed back onto the stage, said, ``We will now continue,'' and did.
The first casualties to result from an air raid over Britain occurred when a Zeppelin dropped six bombs on Great Yarmouth. Two people died and three were injured.
George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon tube, advertising sign.
Actor-singer John Raitt born
A geological survey indicated that America's oil supply would be depleted in 20 years.
The French announce the invention of a new gun with a range of 56 miles.
Actress Jean (Murray) Stapleton Beloved as Edith Bunker, the "dingbat", good-hearted wife of Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" (CBS, 1971-79). born
Actor Fritz Weaver (Holocaust, Marathon Man, Black Sunday) born
Former P-B-S newsman Robert MacNeil born
Actress Tippi (Natalie) Hedren (The Birds, Deadly Spygames, Harrad Experiment, Pacific Heights) born
The Wickersham Committee issues a report asking for revisions in the dry law, but no repeal.
Movie director Richard Lester born
Actress Tippi Hedren born
Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles to New York in seven hours and 22 minutes.
Singer Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers with brother, Don. (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream, Bird Dog, Cathy's Clown) born
Actor-singer Michael Crawford born
Singer Janis Joplin (Piece of My Heart, How Hard It Is, Pearl, Me and Bobby McGee) born
Actress Shelley Fabares born
The federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute.
Country singer Dolly Parton born
ABC newswoman Ann Compton born
Singer Robert Palmer born
The Chiang Government moves the capital of China to Canton.
Communist Chinese leader Mao recognizes the Republic of Vietnam. 1953" Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of I Love Lucy, gave birth to a baby boy. In real life she actually gave birth to "Little Ricky" following the script to the letter. The audience for the program was greater than that watching the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower the following day. In fact, the Lucille Ball `baby' story knocked the inauguration off the front page of many major newspapers.
Singer Harry McGilberry (Temptations) born
Actor Desi Arnaz Junior born
A presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower.
The board game Scrabble was introduced.
Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, became a major star, when he was able to pull off the challenge of doing a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue.
Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) born
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES by The Platters peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.
Actor William Ragsdale Actor William Ragsdale is 39 His best known feature film is the popular teen horror comedy "Fright Night" (1985) where he literally plays the boy-next-door - in this case, next door to a vampire born
Tennis player Stefan Edberg born
Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
President Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.
Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) born
HELTER SKELTER by The Beatles was played at the Charles Manson trial.
Officials report that the U.S. is flying helicopter missions for Laos troops.
Actress Ruby Keeler made her comeback in the play, "No, No Nanette", which opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. Keeler played the role of Sue Smith in the revival of the 1925 hit musical.
President Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who had been convicted of treason for her World War II Japanese propaganda broadcasts as Tokyo Rose.
Jimmy Carter's presidential inaugural festivities included a concert featuring Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and Loretta Lynn on stage...and John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon and Gregg Allman in the audience.
Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
Michael Jackson received his first gold record...for ``Off the Wall.''
The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
Actress Jodie Sweetin ("Full House") born
Klaus Barbie, notorious SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, was arrested in Bolivia.
Amy Carter, daughter of former President Jimmy Carter, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct in a demonstration at the University of Massachusetts.
State Farm Insurance Company in California announced it had agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by three former employees.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of James A. Baker to be secretary of state.
President Reagan pardoned George Steinbrenner for providing Richard Nixon with illegal funds.
Arthur J. Goldberg, former Supreme Court justice, labor secretary and US Ambassador to the United Nations, was found dead in his Washington apartment at age 81.
During the Gulf War, Israel's anti-missile force was boosted by additional Patriot missile batteries and U.S. crews. A second Iraqi missile attack caused 29 injuries in Tel Aviv. Allied forces began bombarding Iraq's elite Republican Guard.
Celebrities ranging from Barbra Streisand to Michael Jackson to a reunited Fleetwood Mac threw a nationally televised pre-inaugural bash for president-elect Bill Clinton.
Attorney General-designate Zoe Baird apologized to the Senate Judiciary Committee for hiring illegal aliens as domestic help. The first American combat troops flew home from their humanitarian mission in Somalia.
President Clinton visited quake-stricken Los Angeles, where he pledged fast and aggressive federal help.
Tonya Harding's former husband, Jeff Gillooly, was arrested and charged with conspiracy in the attack two weeks earlier on skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Russian troops regained control of the presidential palace in Grozny, the capital of the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
The Bosnian peace agreement suffered its first setback as a planned nationwide prisoner release fell far short of its goal.
Four-day hijack of the Black Sea ferry Avrasya by pro-Chechen gunmen ended near Istanbul without a shot being fired with the surrender of the attackers who had threatened to blow up themselves and their 200 hostages.
Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years, joining 60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West Bank city from Israeli control.
"The English Patient" won best picture and "Evita" won in the category of best movie musical or comedy at the Golden Globes.
Albania, riot police beat demonstrators demanding restitution for money lost in pyramid schemes.
During a ceremony in Atlanta commemorating the Martin Luther King Junior holiday, Vice President Gore announced that the Clinton administration would propose increasing spending on civil rights by 86 million dollars.
"Rockabilly" pioneer Carl Perkins died in Jackson, Tennessee, at age 65.
President Clinton delivered his State of the Union address, in which he proposed to protect Social Security by using huge budget surpluses and announced the government would sue the tobacco industry for smokers' health costs. Hours earlier, at the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ridiculous ringing statements of Clinton's innocence.
Michael Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was charged with bludgeoning to death 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Conn., in 1975, when he was also 15.
Bettino Craxi, Italy's longest-serving premier during the postwar years, died in Tunisia at age 65.
Actress Hedy Lamarr was found dead in her Orlando, Fla., home; she was 86.
A dormitory fire at Seton Hall University in New Jersey killed three people and injured 62.
Washington state lawmaker looks to outlaw handheld cell phones while driving
2005/01/19 Pacific Northwest soaked with "Tropical Punch" Pacific Northwest soaked with
Romanian economy booms in 2004
Bucharest to host its first ever CowParade
Annual Islamic pilgrimage takes place
Heart attack kills brother of Brazilian president
Yahoo triples its quarterly profit on strong advertising revenue
Research demonstrates GM crops can benefit wildlife
UK soldiers go on trial for abusing Iraqi prisoners
500 policemen seek drug dealers in Rio
Marxist intellectuals support arrested FARC leader
Stardust comet samples "visible to the naked eye"
Corby's 20 year sentence reinstated
Two-day bird flu conference draws $1.9 billion in pledges
Al Jazeera airs new Osama Bin Laden tape
Radical cleric Abu Hamza denies encouraging murder
Berlin court issues provisional order against the Wikimedia Foundation
Iraq asks United States to release 6 Iraqi female prisoners
Dog falls on car and kills driver in Michigan
New Horizons probe bound for Pluto on nine year journey
New Zealand to send out bird flu brochures
Errant monkeys draw the ire of Delhi court
CNN hires three conservative commentators
Brokerage executive linked to Livedoor deals found dead
UK R&B singer Ms Dynamite sentenced for assault
West Papua refugees sent to Australia's Christmas Island Detention Centre
Turkish-Armenian journalist killed in Turkey
Sewerage project starts in Pakistan
Turkish homeless man burns to death after being neglected
Intoxicated New Zealand policeman keeps job
Google and publishing business to team up in future
World's oldest living woman dies at age 115
Canada beats USA 5-0 in ice hockey at World University Games
Sri Lankan military liberates key town
Consumer database of several major North American stores hacked
Stabbing at Massachusetts high school leaves one dead
H5N1 Avian Flu virus mutates; shows resistance to drug
"Dr Dino" gets 10 years in prison after failure to pay taxes
Philippine's human rights commission brands provincial capitol assault 'Overkill'
US air force colonel claims he spotted UFOs over Arkansas
Adam Aircraft suspends activities at Utah factory, lays off 300 workers amid financial difficulties
Plane crash kills ten in Angola
Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton win Nevada Caucuses
Man arrested in connection with Honolulu toddler death
YouTube banned in Turkey once again
George Bush proposes economic growth package worth up to US$150 billion
Canada adds United States to list of countries that torture
Users insert virus source code into Wikipedia pages
Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York
Israel closes Gaza crossings in response to rocket attacks
Conficker computer worm infections soar
Steelers, Cardinals win championship games to advance to Super Bowl XLIII
US Senators push for DTV delay
Seven dead, one missing, two survive French helicopter crash off Gabon coast
Royal Bank of Scotland shares plummet
Somali pirates release tanker after receiving millions of dollars in ransom
Conservative Pinera wins Chile polls, opponent Frei concedes defeat
France, Germany officials warn against using Internet Explorer
Zimbabwe may face famine due to wilting crops, organisation says
Woman returns home with Christmas turkey, a month after setting out
Man who shot Pope released from prison in Turkey
Highway billboard gives Moscow drivers an unexpected show
US President Obama celebrates his first Martin Luther King Jr. Day while in office
NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, crew member of upcoming mission, sustains injury
Two students shot at Los Angeles school, suspect in custody
Rick Perry withdraws from U.S. presidential race, endorses Gingrich
US government, music industry websites taken offline in web attack
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi to contest in by-election
US Navy ship damages Tubbataha Reef National Park