Rome made peace with the Vandals, ending the "Fall" (Some mark this is the beginning of the Middle Ages)
Death of St. Bathild, Queen to Clovis II of France
Election of Gelasius I as Pope
Death of Matilda, Queen to William I of England
King Edward III of England re-marries Phillippa of Hainaut
Election of Guanther of Schwarzberg as King of Germany
St. Catherine of Siena suffers a stroke
Franciscus Gomarus Calvinist theologian and professor whose disputes with his more liberal colleague Jacobus Arminius over the doctrine of predestination led the entire Dutch Reformed Church into controversy. born
Election of Clement VIII as Pope
Sir Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates, conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the houses of Parliament, were executed.
William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury born
Charles I of England calls his third Parliament
Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for 400,000
Treaties were signed ending the Eighty Years War between Spain and the United Provinces of the Netherlands. (Treaty of Westphalia)
Beheading of Charles I, King of England, at 2 London for treason.
A brawl broke out in the House of Representatives in Philadelphia, as Matthew Lyon of Vermont spat in the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut.
A gunman fired twice on President Andrew Jackson, the first attempt on the life of a U.S. president. Jackson was NOT injured.
Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco.
The USS Monitor launched at Greenpoint, Long Island.
Walter Damrosch was born. Damrosch founded one of the orchestras that led to today's New York Philharmonic. He directed the first American performances of Wagner's "Parsifal," of Saint-Saens's "Samson and Delilah," of Brahms' Fourth Symphony. born
The 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in Hyde Park, New York. Only president who thought himself important enough to serve more than 2 terms. born
John Henry Towers, naval and aviation hero. born
Crown Prince Franz Karl Josef Rudolf of Austria and his mistress, Marie Vetsera, committed suicide at the imperial hunting lodge of Mayerling, Austria.
C.B. King, of Detroit, Michigan, earned a patent for the pneumatic hammer.
British demand a larger army in South Africa.
Women Prohibitionists smash 12 saloons in Kansas.
Johann Hoch is arrested in New York for murdering 9 wives.
Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in lovely Playa del Ray, California.
Trumpeter Roy `Little Jazz' Eldridge born
The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer, "Terry", when downed pilot, James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
British Lords oppose House of Commons by rejecting home rule for Ireland.
Actor John Ireland (Gunfight at the OK Corral, Little Big Horn, Spartacus, All the King's Men, Marilyn: The Untold Story, Messenger of Death) born
The battleship Monroe sinks in a collision with the Nantucket off the Virginia coast.
Actor David (McMeekan) Wayne (The Tender Trap, The Last Angry Man, The Three Faces of Eve, The Adromeda Strain) born
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded one of the first jazz compositions ever recorded. It became a classic for Columbia Records titled, "The Darktown Strutters Ball."
Comedian Dick Martin (Emmy Award-winning comedian Martin's Laugh-In) born
Actress Dorothy (Maloney) Malone (Written on the Wind, Beach Party, Basic Instinct, Battle Cry, Man of a Thousand Faces) born
Producer-director Harold Prince (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) born
R&B and Jazz singer Ruth Brown (So Long, Teardrops from My Eyes, Hours, Mambo Baby, Lucky Lips, This Little Girl's Gone Rockin') born
Actor Gene Hackman (some sources 1931) (The French Connection, Bonnie and Clyde, Hawaii, Mississippi Burning, The Poseidon Adventure, Postcards from the Edge, Superman, The Firm, Crimson Tide) born
The U.S. awards civil government to the Virgin Islands.
Baseball player Charlie Neal born
Louis Rukeyser, host of television's "Wall Street Week" born
Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
The first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.
Actress Tammy Grimes (The Runner Stumbles, Backstreet Justice) born
The U.S.S.R. doubles the size of its army to 940,000.
Governor Harold Hoffman orders a new inquiry into the Lindbergh kidnapping.
Pianist Horst Jankowski (A Walk In The Black Forest) born
Country singer Jeanne Pruett born
World Champion chess player Boris Spassky born
13 leading Communists were sentenced to death for allegedly participating in a plot, led by Leon Trotsky, to overthrow the Soviet regime and assassinate its leaders.
Actress Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Mary Queen of Scots, A Man for All Seasons) born
Country singer Norma Jean born
Former defense secretary Dick Cheney born
Rock singer Marty Balin born
Baseball player and manager Dave Johnson born
Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
In India, 100,000 pray at the site of Gandhis assassination on the first anniversary of his death.
Rhythm-and-blues musician William King (The Commodores) born
Actor Charles S. Dutton (A Time to Kill, The Piano Lesson, Alien 3, Runaway, Crocodile Dundee 2, Cat's Eye, Roc) born
President Eisenhower announces that he will pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.
Actress-comedian Brett Butler born
Singer Jody Watley (Shalamar) born
Two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.
Francis Poulenc died of a heart attack at the age of 64. Poulenc's "Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani" had an international reputation at that time.
The United States launched "Ranger Six," an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.
The Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
The Beatles performed together in public for the last time. The show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London, England, but it was interrupted by police after they received complaints from the neighbors about the noise.
Lesotho's prime minister, Chief Leabua Jonathan, declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution, claiming malpractices had been discovered in recent elections.
13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."
Pakistan left the Commonwealth in protest against imminent recognition of Bangladesh by Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
Gordon Liddy and James McCord were convicted of burglary, wire-tapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington, D.C.
Actor Christian Bale born
The U.S. Supreme Court bans spending limits in campaigns, equating funds with freedom of speech.
The civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who'd been living in exile in France, to return.
Actor Wilmer Valderrama ("That 70's Show") born
The first-ever Chinese Olympic team arrives in New York for the WinterGames.
Professor Longhair...whose real name was Henry Byrd...died at the age of 62.
UN Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick told President Reagan she intended to leave her diplomatic post.
Calling it a "budget-buster," President Reagan vetoed a measure renewing the Clean Water Act that was expected to cost up to 20 billion dollars through 1994. (Congress, however, overrode the veto.)
Israeli troops fired on hundreds of demonstrators in the West Bank while protests also rocked the Gaza Strip, shattering three weeks of relative quiet in the occupied territories.
Lebanon's warring Shiite groups, the Syrian-backed Amal militia and the pro-Iranian Hizbollah, signed a peace accord, ending a yearlong feud.
Former criminal lawyer Joel Steinberg was convicted in New York of first-degree manslaughter in the death of his illegally adopted six-year-old daughter, Lisa.
A federal judge ordered former President Reagan to provide excerpts of his personal diaries to John M. Poindexter for the former national security adviser's upcoming Iran-Contra trial. (However, the judge later reversed himself, deciding the material was not essential.)
The first major ground battle of the Gulf War was fought at the frontier port of Khafji in Saudi Arabia; eleven US Marines were killed, seven of them by "friendly fire."
The space shuttle "Discovery" landed in California, ending an eight-day mission.
Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey announced his resignation.
President Bush and other world leaders gathered for an unprecedented UN Security Council summit to coordinate policy on peacekeeping, disarmament and quelling aggression.
Argentina opened the files on scores of Nazis who fled to South America after World War II, a move Jewish leaders said would help the hunt for war criminals.
Los Angeles inaugurated its Metro Red Line, the city's first modern subway.
On the 60th anniversary of Hitler's swearing-in as chancellor of Germany, more than 300,000 Germans carried candles to denounce the Nazi era.
parents donated portions of their own lungs to their daughter with cystic fibrosis in pioneering transplant surgery in Los Angeles.
The Dallas Cowboys won its second straight Super Bowl -- a 30-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills, which saw its fourth straight Super Bowl loss.
The U.S. granted Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams a visa to attend a New York conference on Northern Ireland.
The Smithsonian Institution abandoned plans for a major exhibit on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, yielding to critics who charged the exhibit would have portrayed America as the aggressor and Japan as the victim in World War II.
42 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in Algiers, Algeria.
The U.N. Security Council authorized deployment of 6, 000
Boyz II (to) Men was the big winner at the 22nd annual American Music Awards...winning three awards.
Hasan Muratovic was formally appointed prime minister of Bosnia Herzegovina's central government.
Ron Wyden won a close race to become Oregon's first Democratic US senator in 30 years, replacing Bob Packwood.
In an election billed as an early barometer for the national political season, Ron Wyden won a close race to become Oregon's first Democratic U-S senator in 30 years, replacing Bob Packwood.
The Marine Corps opened an investigation of two videotaped hazing incidents in 1991 and 1993 known as "blood pinnings" in which elite paratroopers had golden jump pins beaten into their chests. (The 1993 incident led to a recommended discharge for a sergeant.)
Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates said in an interview he expected to match or top the $1 billion donation offered to the UN the previous year by CNN founder Ted Turner. Gates also said he did not take too personally" some criticism of Microsoft's business practices. "Well, at age 42, I've given at this point a little over $500 million to foundations that are doing some things I really believe in." (I don't know if Bill has given any money yet to the UN, but at this date Ted still has not yet given any of the promised money to the UN)
Ricky Sanderson, who stabbed 16-year old Suzi Holliman to death in 1985 and buried her alive was executed in the gas chamber at Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sanderson, 38, who had been on death row for nearly 13 years, waived appeals that could have kept him alive longer. His last words included a criticism of abortion. He said, "33 million babies that have been aborted in this country died for no reason. I'm dying for a deed I did. I deserve death for it. I'm glad Christ forgave me." Sanderson underwent a jailhouse conversion to Christianity, and chose to die in the gas chamber.
Three thousand people gathered in Belfast to protest a wave of murders in Northern Ireland which threatens fragile multi-party peace talks on the region's future. "The message I want the terrorists to get from the rally is that ordinary people want an end to the killings," trade unionist Tom Gilleno told the crowd.
An aviation pact was reached between Washington and Tokyo enabling American travelers to fly to Japan and other Asian points from several more US cities.
A new glue meant to replace painful stitches won the vote of a panel that advises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The glue, called Dermabond, can hold a wound closed and keep it sterile and flexible while it is healing. Makers Closure Medical said Dermabond can seal off wounds quickly without the need for painful shots.
NATO authorized its secretary general to launch military action in Yugoslavia if the warring parties failed to negotiate an agreement for autonomy in Kosovo.
The St. Louis Rams won Super Bowl 34, defeating the Tennessee Titans 23-to-16.
A Kenya Airways plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, killing 169 people.
Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers returned home to a hero's welcome in Cuba, vowing to continue the struggle to wrest the six-year-old shipwreck survivor from relatives in Miami.
Ephraim Kishon dies at 80
Ex UK Minister Chris Smith was HIV Positive for 17 years
French goat is found to have BSE
First free Iraqi election begins; insurgents strike
Habib back in Australia, thankful to supporters
Zapatero builds left axis in South America
Two people charged over burning bodies in drums
Teacher confesses to having sex with student
First Iraqi case of Avian Flu reported
Accident in Jacksonville, Florida, releases low-radioactive gas
Bosnian administrator outlines plans
Hamas leader discusses future of Palestinian State and Israel
Fatah assaults European Union office
Congressional staff actions prompt Wikipedia investigation
Iran to expand military and economic ties with Iraq; will reconstruct nation
Primary camera on Hubble Space Telescope shut down
Postal suspension lifted in Hamilton, New Zealand
Greek actor Nikos Kourkoulos dies at 73
T-Wolves extinguish Suns, end Phoenix streak
NBA announces starters for All-Star Game
MySpace shares its database of sex offenders
Senator Arlen Specter challenges President Bush
Home of Stonehenge builders found
Zenit rocket explodes on launch pad
Philippine commission holds retired general responsible for killings
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission endorses Children's Song
Hewlett-Packard to expand partnership with SAP
White House refuses to release climate policy documents
Major League Baseball: Twins trade Cy Young winning pitcher Johan Santana to Mets
McCain captures Florida, Giuliani drops out
Winter Carnival partially thaws in Saint Paul
Man claims Blue Man Group put camera down throat; allegations denied
Police arrest former NFL player Alonzo Spellman
John Edwards drops out of US presidential race
Zimbabwe opposition calls for constitutional reform, may boycott elections
Israel resumes attacks in Gaza, Rice asks for war crimes investigations
Post-probe, problematic peanut paste products pulled
Mass industrial walkouts in UK
Illinois governor Blagojevich removed from office
North Korea cancels all military, political agreements with South Korea
Musician John Martyn dies at age 60
Nebraska senators may not support stimulus plan
Winners and losers on UK's East Coast rail line
Proposition 8 donors to be named
Zimbabwe opposition agrees to join government
Lawmakers ask US Secretary of State for Gaza crisis help
Failed suicide bomber imprisoned for life
Woman dies after being struck by fire truck hose in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hamas claims Israel assassinated commander in Dubai
Toyota recalls up to 1.8 million automobiles
Pentagon proposes Taiwanese arms sale
Regional council fights to keep sustainable growth on Australian Sunshine Coast
No people or animals hurt in rural Australian fire
Google phases out IE6 support
Russia announces Libyan arms deal
Interpreter shoots two US soldiers in Afghanistan
Honda recalls fire risk cars
Alex Reid wins UK's Celebrity Big Brother 2010
Gandhi ashes scattered off South African coast
Suicide bomber hits checkpoint in Pakistan
At least twelve die in Mogadishu attacks
Ten confirmed dead, scores missing as overcrowded boat capsizes in India
Queensland state election shorts: January 30, 2012
January tornadoes, severe weather in southern, midwestern US cause fatalities
Queen Beatrix to abdicate throne