Gaius Caesar (Caligula), Roman emperor from 37, was murdered. Caligula, or Little Boots, was a nickname he acquired as a child.
Hadrian, 14th Roman Emperor born
Murder of Ali by a Kharajite
The Synod of Worms took place at which German bishops renounced their allegiance to Pope Gregory, who in turn excommunicated Henry IV.
Death of Richard, Earl of Arundel
Matthias Corvinus elected King of Hungary
Magellan discovers St. Paul's Island in the Pacific
The town council of Wittenberg, Germany imposes an order regulating church finances and forms of worship
1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia. born
British social reformer Sir Edwin Chadwick born
Anglican clergyman John Mason Neale. He was one of the first to translate ancient Greek and Latin hymns into English. Neale thus rendered the hymns known today as "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." born
Gold was discovered by James Wilson Marshall at his partner Johann August Sutter's sawmill on the South Fork of the American River, near Coloma, California. Initial press reports were largely ignored. Only when President Polk announced the news in December did the gold rush of '49 begin.
Author Edith (Jones) Wharton (The Age of Innocence) born
Saint-Saens's "Danse Macabre" premiered in Paris.
Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, built 1st rocket-powered aircraft. born
The typewriter ribbon was patented by Jacob L. Wortman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician and influential leader of the Conservative Party, died.
Humphrey O'Sullivan patented the rubber heel.
The rubber heel is patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan.
U.S. Secretary of State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert create a joint commission to establish the Alaskan border.
The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a general in the British Army.
Actress Ann Todd The Human Factor, Scream of Fear, Madeleine, The Seventh Veil) born
U.S. Cavalry is sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Civil War.
Composer Norman Dello Joio (New York) born
TV game show producer Mark Goodson (Pop the Question, What's My Line, I've Got a Secret, Family Feud, The Price is Right) born
U.S. Supreme Court finds the income tax is constitutional.
Actor Ernest Borgnine (Marty, The Poseidon Adventure, The Dirty Dozen, McHale's Navy) born
Evangelist Oral Roberts born
Carl Nielsen's 5th Symphony was premiered in Copenhagen.
Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie.
Prima ballerina Maria Tallchief born
British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai.
The League of Nations rebukes Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
Krueger Cream Ale, the first beer to be sold in cans, went on sale in Richmond, Virginia.
Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded one of the all-time greats: "Stompin' at the Savoy", on Victor Records.
Singer Jack (Scafone) Scott (My True Love, Goodbye Baby, What In the World's Come Over You, Burning Bridges) born
Cajun musician Doug Kershaw (Louisiana Man, Diggy Liggy Lo) born
Singer songwriter Bobby Scott (Chain Gang, A Taste of Honey) born
Singer-songwriter Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens ( Everything Is Beautiful, Mr. Businessman; #1 novelty recording artist: Ahab, the Arab, Gitarzan, The Streak) born
Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond born
Singer Aaron Neville born
President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
Actress Julie Gregg (From Hell to Borneo, The Seekers) born
Minnesota Vikings corner back Bobby Lee Bryant born
The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission. The Commission was established after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
Actor Michael Ontkean born
Singer Warren Zevon (Werewolves of London, She Quit Me Man, Hasten Down the Wind, Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, Roland, the Headless Thompson Gunner, The Envoy) born
Comedian John Belushi (Second City improvisational troupe, original cast: Saturday Night LiveThe Blues Brothers) born
Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs born
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff born
Indian leader Nehru assails the U.S. and demands the UN to name Peking as an aggressor in Korea.
The British appoint Vincent Massey as the first Canadian to serve as Governor General of Canada.
Actress Nastassja Kinski (Terminal Velocity, The Hotel New Hampshire, Paris Texas, Exposed, Tess, For Your Love Only) born
A U.S. B-52 bomber with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) born
Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton born
General Franco declared martial law in Spain following disturbances which led to nearly 300 arrests. It lasted until March 25.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Pat "Sleepy" Brown (Society of Soul) born
Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was discovered on Guam, having spent 28 years hiding in the jungle thinking the war was still going on.
The Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
`Little' Donny Osmond, of the famed Osmond Brothers, received a gold record for his album, "Too Young."
A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
Actress Tatyana Ali ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air") born
A rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China.
A draft of Air Force history reports that the U.S. secretly
The "Voyager Two" space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system.
Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner and Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh (all were later released).
About 20,000 civil rights demonstrators marched through predominantly white Forsyth County, Georgia, a week after a smaller march was disrupted by Ku Klux Klan members and supporters.
The government of Haiti declared Leslie Manigat winner of that country's presidential election. (However, Manigat was overthrown by Haiti's military leader, Lieutenant General Henri Hamphy, the following June.)
Confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
The Rev. Barbara C. Harris, 55, of Boston, was confirmed as the first female bishop in the 450-year history of the Anglican Church.
The House of Representatives voted, 390-to-25, to override President Bush's veto of legislation protecting Chinese students from deportation (however, Bush prevailed in a Senate vote the next day).
Japan pledged $9 billion more to the Gulf War effort, which brought angry rejoinders from Iraq.
Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the father of gospel music for adding rhythm to church hymns, died at age 93.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 84.
Keith Jarrett recorded most of the major Bach keyboard series for ECM New Series, including the entire "Well-Tempered Clavier", the "Goldberg Variations," and the "French Suites."
President Clinton promoted William J. Perry, the Pentagon's number-two man, to the post of defense secretary.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that protesters who block access to abortion clinics or in other ways conspire to stop women from having abortions may be sued under federal anti-racketeering statutes.
A federal judge upheld a subpoena from the Senate Ethics Committee for the diaries of Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., who was facing allegations of sexual harassment and other possible misconduct.
A U.S. airman and his 10-year-old son given up for dead in snow-covered mountains in Turkey were found alive after living on snow
The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
President Clinton appealed for common ground as he delivered his second State of the Union address, this time before a Republican-led Congress.
Chechen rebels released 42 hostages seized in a raid in southern Russia after a two-week ordeal in which dozens of separatist fighters and many Russian soldiers were killed.
The Warsaw military prosecutor launched a formal probe into allegations Prime Minister Jozef Oleksy had spied for Moscow.
The fat substitute Olestra was approved for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Publix Super Markets, accused of relegating women to dead-end, low-paying jobs, agreed to pay $81.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.
The White House released guest lists showing that in the year and a-half before his re-election, President Clinton invited more than 400 of his party's top financial supporters to coffee klatches for informal chats about his policies.
Pope John Paul the Second, delivering blunt political messages during his visit to Cuba, called for the release of "prisoners of conscience" and respect for freedom of expression, initiative and association.
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, unveiled a proposal to root out Medicare fraud.
Olympic leaders recommended the expulsions of six International Olympic Committee members in an unprecedented response to the biggest corruption scandal in the history of the games.
House prosecutors interviewed Monica Lewinsky, a move that triggered fresh partisan convulsions in President Clinton's impeachment trial.
Top Zarqawi ally captured
Militant group declares war on Iraq poll
Northeast US blizzards create havoc
Woman appointed as Bucharest prefect
Romanian PM visits Brussels
Romanian Social Democrats criticise flat tax
Lithuania plans to adopt euro in 2007
Venezuela-Colombia crisis continues
Google plans free Internet phone service
China Hands Stiff Sentences to 27 Farmers Over Land Seizure Protest
Report: The Pentagon's new powers
The WB and UPN networks to become the CW network
Canadian federal elections underway
Conservative party wins minority government in Canada
Montenegro trainwreck kills 44, injures over 100
Exclusive: David Anderson talks about the Stardust@home project
Interview: Danny O'Brien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
No jail for army interrogator over death of Iraqi general
U.S. Democrats highlight water quality issues for troops in Iraq
Australian Prime Minister announces results of reshuffle
Study: Partisan political thought is predominantly unconscious & emotional
Julian McGauran defects from Australian National Party
US troops in the Philippines to resume activities
New Zealand policeman caught speeding discharged
Economy center stage in French elections
MySpace to display AMBER Alerts
Glastonbury headliners announced
Senate panel votes 12-9 against troop increase in Iraq
Man attacked by shark now safe in hospital
Microsoft offers to pay blogger to 'correct' Wikipedia article
Papua New Guinea police chief attacked, houses torched in response
Pakistan army says scores of Islamic militants killed, captured
Texas UFOs were actually jets, Air Force says
Gaming executives gather for the Taipei Game Show
Title of 22nd "James Bond" movie announced
Italian PM Prodi loses confidence vote, resigns
Dennis Kucinich quits U.S. Presidential race
Suicide bomb kills Iraqi police chief at site of previous attack
Italy's PM Prodi faces confidence vote
Details emerge on fatal stabbing at Belgian day care centre
'Bang bang': UK mercenary charged with murdering colleagues gives evidence in Iraq
Self-immolating law grad dies in Morocco
Russia leases submarine K-152 Nerpa to India for ten years
Pentagon announces end to ban on women in combat
'Imminent threat' as Foreign Office urges Britons to leave Benghazi