Death of Pope Gelasius II
Death of Bertrand de Blanquefort, 6th Master of the Templars
Death of King Phillip V, "The Tall" of France
John Bessarion, Trebizond, Byzantine humanist, theologian, cardinal born
The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand the Second and Queen Isabella the First.
First trial of Countess Elizabeth Bathory Caution - the material on the page linked to Elizabeth Bathory is not suitable for children but it is information that parents should make children aware of.
England and Spain sign a treaty against the Dutch
Virginia patriot Nathaniel Bacon leader of Bacon's Rebellion, Va. (1676) born
British Gen. James Wolfe, hero of the battle of Quebec born
Philip Freneau (Poet of the American Revolution Burying Ground) born
French begin bombardment of Madras, India.
Georgia ratified the Constitution, the fourth of the original 13 colonies to do so, and was admitted to the union.
The first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic in Fairmount, Pennsylvania.
Gilbert Murray, Australian born scholar who became the chairman of the League of Nations, 1923 through 1928. born
Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.
Anton Bruckner started work on his Fourth Symphony, just two days after completing his Third. The Bruckner Fourth is the "Romantic," perhaps the most frequently performed of the Bruckner symphonies because it goes over well with listeners who are not diehard Bruckner fans.
The first commemorative postage stamps were issued.
Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China.
President Theodore Roosevelt closes a post office in Indianola, Mississippi for refusing to hire a black postmistress.
Fan dancer Sally Rand born
U.S. Marines are sent to Santo Domingo to aid the government against rebel forces.
Singer James Melton (La Traviata) born
Actress Anna Lee ("General Hospital") born
Actress and dancer Vera (Eva Hartwig) Zorina (Star-Spangled Rhythm) born
Author Isaac Asimov (writer of over 300 books including Foundation and I, Robot) born
The first religious broadcast on radio was heard today, as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh.
The United States and Canada reached agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.
President Hoover calls his congressional leaders to discuss the public works program.
Singer Julius LaRosa (Anywhere I Wander, Eh Cumpari) born
Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, New Jersey, on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.)
Singer-songwriter Roger Miller (Invitation to the Blues, You Don't Want My Love; singer: Dang Me, King of the Road, Chug-a-Lug) born
Britain and Italy sign the Mediterranean Peace Pact.
Chaing Kai-shek gives up Chinese premiership to H.H. Kung.
Former television evangelist Jim Bakker born
The Andrews Sisters recorded "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" on Decca Records
Japanese forces occupied Manila, forcing U.S. and Philippine forces under Gen. Douglas MacArthur to withdraw to the Bataan peninsula.
Actress Wendy Phillips born
Robert Taft of Ohio is elected as U.S. Senate Republican leader.
Scandal inflamed Rome when diva Maria Callas declared that she had inflamed vocal cords and canceled a performance of "Norma" after singing one act. She had been seen partying the previous night. The Rome opera barred her from returning. She sued for damages and won.
The Soviet Union launched Lunik-1, the first unmanned spacecraft to travel to the moon.
Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Actress Gabrielle Carteris born
The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000.
Actor Cuba Gooding Junior born
Model Christy Turlington ("Cybill") born
U.S. admits the accidental bombing of a Hanoi hospital.
President Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles-an-hour (however, federal speed limits were abolished in 1995).
President Carter asks the Senate to delay the arms treaty ratification in response to Soviet action in Afghanistan.
Actress Kate Bosworth born
The musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed on Broadway after a run of 2,377 performances.
President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, headed back to Washington after a New Year's holiday in California. Responding to a reporter's shouted question, the president predicted that 1987 would be "better than '86."
An Ashland Oil Company tank collapsed in West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, sending more than 700-thousand gallons of diesel oil into the Monongahela River.
President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed an agreement to lift trade restrictions between their countries.
PTL founders Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker returned to the television pulpit for the first time in two years, broadcasting from a borrowed house in Pineville, North Carolina.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a record high, ending the day above 2800 for the first time, at 2800.15.
Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington DC, becoming the first black woman to head a city of Washington's size and prominence.
European, Soviet and Arab officials pushed for talks to avert war with Iraq.
Military commanders in Croatia agreed to a cease-fire accord, the 15th attempt at a truce. Russian shoppers experienced their first day of "sticker shock" after President Boris Yeltsin lifted price controls to stimulate production.
President Bush arrived in Moscow to sign a strategic arms treaty with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who hailed the agreement as "our joint gift to the people of the Earth." Leaders of the three warring ethnic groups in Bosnia-Herzegovina met face-to-face in Geneva.
The new Republican mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani, delivered his inaugural address in which he called for unity while promising to crack down on crime and tackle the city's budget problems.
Chechen defenders drove Russian troops out of the capital of Grozny.
Marion Barry was inaugurated as mayor of Washington DC, four years after leaving the office in disgrace to serve a six-month sentence for misdemeanor drug possession.
Former Interior Secretary James Watt pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of attempting to sway a grand jury investigating 1980s influence-peddling at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Watt was later fined and sentenced to five years' probation.)
AT&T announced it would eliminate 40,000 jobs, mostly through layoffs.
Rain and melting snow swamped the West, trapping visitors in Yosemite National Park, closing casinos in Reno, Nevada, and forcing the evacuation of 50,000 Californians.
The defense in the Terry Nichols trial rested its case in the penalty phase after calling nine witnesses who pleaded for his life. (Nichols had already been convicted of conspiracy, which carried a potential death sentence, and involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.)
Russia began circulating new rubles in effort to keep inflation in check and promote confidence.
A UN-chartered cargo plane carrying nine people was downed in Angola's central highland war zone; there were no survivors.
Retired Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Junior, known early in his career for modernizing the Navy and later for ordering the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam, died in Durham, North Carolina, at age 79.
Idi Amin offered to act as peacemaker in NI
Rape and murder suspects in Ciudad JuÃ¡rez arrested
New Zealand's South Island and southern North Island struck by storms
Oklahoma City suburbs on fire
Redskins qualify for playoffs with win in Philadelphia
12 hurt in San Luis de La Balsa tourist bus accident
Steelers defeat Lions to advance to NFL playoffs
Coal miners trapped in West Virginia mine
PepsiCo buys Poland's Star Foods
Microsoft Windows metafiles are a vector for computer viruses
Broadway Market CafÃ© occupied against gentrification
Colombia signs FTA with Mercosur
New South Wales firefighters continue to battle fires, threat eases
Row over Australian flag at Bondi Pavilion
Evgeny Adamov will be extradited to Russia
British MP calls for ban on Aspartame
Bolivian President-Elect takes 50% pay cut to aid social programs
Rose Parade Continues Amidst Downpour
OCTranspo's "new year" of efficiencies?
21-year-old man sexually assaulted in New Zealand
Mob protests Saddam Hussein's execution
Qatari proxy IP address temporarily blocked on Wikipedia
Bush plans to roll out new Iraq strategy this week
Iraqi government to investigate Saddam video
Raymond van Barneveld wins PDC World Darts Championship
United Airlines employees spot UFO at Chicago's O'Hare Airport
Calgary bars resist smoking ban
Lebanon delays presidential vote
Georgia Aquarium beluga whale euthanized
Report: U.S. tried to delay Hussein's execution
Mob attack on church in Kenya leaves 30 dead
Benazir Bhutto receives Irish peace prize
Elections in Pakistan delayed until February 18
Arctic air brings coldest night for Florida in five years
Delay expected for Pakistani elections
Police station in Algeria hit by bombing
Maria de Jesus, the world's oldest person, dies at age 115
NASA issues survivability report on Columbia crash
At least 75 dead following suicide bombing in Pakistan; scores more wounded
China to surpass Japan to become second largest economy
Russia raises minimum vodka prices
North Korea seeks diplomatic relations with the US
Somali man attempts failed attack on controversial cartoonist
Illinois high school girls basketball: Immaculate Conception defeats Wheaton Academy, wins Lisle tournament
Remains of 1912 expedition plane found in Antarctica
Afghanistan's parliament rejects Karzai's cabinet nominations
7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes AraucanÃa, Chile; no tsunami warning
Spanish smoking ban takes effect in bars and restaurants
New video games rating R18+ becomes available in Australia