St. Eutychian becomes Pope
Two monks return to Constantinople with the secret of the manufacture of silk
Babak executed at Samarra
William of Rubrick is granted an audience with the KaKhan of the Mongols
Death of Nicholas Eymeric, theologian and inquisitor
Christopher Columbus returned to Europe from the New World with six Native Americans he believed were from India, hence he called them "Indians."
Death of Ferenc Nadasdy, the "Black Knight of Hungary"
Charles I invades Parliament, to arrest the members indicted for Treason
Sir Isaac Newton, scientist. born
The House of Lords assents to the Bill of Attainder against Archbishop Laud
The English House of Commons declares itself Sovereign
Composer Pergolesi. He was the composer whose music inspired Stravinsky's ballet "Pulcinella." Sergei Diaghilev had the idea of basing a ballet on Baroque music. Stravinsky didn't like Pergolesi's music but warmed to it later. born
In the Seven Years War, England declared war on Spain and Naples.
Folklore and fairy tale collector Jakob Grimm born
Louis Braille, inventor of a reading system for the blind, was born in Coupvray, France. born
Shorthand writing system inventor Isaac Pitman born
The first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md.
Charles Stratton, the midget known as Gen. Tom Thumb born
Four-wheeled roller skates were patented by James Plimpton of New York.
Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what's believed to have been the first appendectomy. The patient was 22-year-old Mary Gartside.
Sen. Everett Dirksen born
Utah became the 45th U.S. state.
Mulai Hafid was proclaimed sultan of Morocco at Fez.
Vilna (now Vilnius), which had been proclaimed capital of independent Lithuania, was captured by Soviet troops. The occupation lasted only until April.
Actress Barbara Rush born
Football coach Don Shula born
deal with a campaign of nationalist civil disobedience. The National Congress party was declared illegal and Mahatma Gandhi was arrested.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson born
Opera singer Grace Bumbry born
The cartoon characters Heckle and Jeckle debuted.
The British governor of Burma formally handed over power, and the Union of Burma was proclaimed as an independent republic with Thakin Nu as first prime minister.
In the Korean War, the North Koreans and Chinese communists captured the Southern capital of Seoul.
Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) born
Actress Ann Magnuson born
Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order) born
Country singer Patty Loveless born
Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite launched in October 1957 by the Soviet Union, fell to Earth.
Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) born
French author Albert Camus died in an automobile accident at age 46.
Actor Dave Foley ("News Radio") born
Tennis player Guy Forget born
Actress Julia Ormond born
President Johnson outlined the goals of his ''Great Society'' in his State of the Union Address.
Poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76.
Country singer Deana Carter born
Donald Campbell, British car and speedboat racer, was killed on Coniston Water in England during an attempt to break the world water speed record.
Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) born
George Jones and Dolly Parton joined the Grand Ole Opry.
Actor Jeremy Licht (''Valerie'') born
Burma inaugurated a new constitution providing for a Peoples Assembly.
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.
CBS aired the final episode of CHER.
President Jimmy Carter announced curtailment of U.S. grain sales to the Soviet Union because of the invasion of Afghanistan.
Israel confirmed that 10,000 Ethiopian Jews had been flown to Israel. Ethiopia termed the operation "a gross interference" in its affairs.
Two US Navy F-14 fighters shot down a pair of Libyan MiG-23 fighters in a clash over international waters off the Libyan coast.
Charles Stuart, who claimed to have been wounded and his wife shot dead by a black robber, leapt to his death off a Boston Harbor bridge after he himself became a suspect.
Deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in federal district court in Miami on drug-trafficking charges.
With a week and a-half left before a U-N deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, Iraq agreed to hold its first high-level talks with the United States since the start of the Persian Gulf crisis.
President Bush, visiting Singapore as part of a Pacific trade tour, announced plans to shift the Navy logistics command that was being evicted from the Philippines to Singapore.
Berlin's other philharmonic, the German Symphony of Berlin, recorded the piano concertos of Stravinsky for Decca. Olli Mustonen soloed; Vladimir Askkenazy conducted; and Dmitri Ashkenazy soloed in Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto."
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen announced a plan to drive most gun dealers out of business by proposing sharp increases in the licensing fee and stricter controls on people who buy and sell weapons.
Nine people were killed and at least 48 wounded as the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo shuddered under heavy shelling from its Serb besiegers.
Bosnian government troops began a belated withdrawal from a demilitarized mountain zone overlooking Sarajevo in keeping with a four-month truce accord.
The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since Eisenhower era.
Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia was formally elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Republican to hold the post in 40 years.
Bowing to pressure from NATO and the United States, Bosnian Serbs freed 16 civilians who had entered Serb-held territory after NATO forces had declared roads in Bosnia open to all.
Poland's counter-intelligence chief, Colonel Konstanty Miodowicz, announced his resignation in an apparent protest against allegations that the secret services had stepped out of line in accusing Prime Minister Jozef Oleksy of spying.
Adventurer Steve Fossett was trying to decide whether to land his problem-plagued hot-air balloon but his spokesman said it was doubtful he will be able to make it around the world nonstop. Maneuvers over Eastern Europe had shifted his course away from favorable air currents and cost the balloonist precious fuel. And a malfunctioning remote control for one of the propane burners heating his balloon was forcing him to climb out of a hatch to turn the burner on and off.
Administration officials said President Clinton would ask Congress to help him overhaul the Social Security old age pension system by the end of 1999. Clinton wanted to move on the issue quickly, expecting once the presidential election got into full swing there will be little chance to pass legislation to save the system.
Gale force winds ripped across Europe over the weekend, causing several deaths and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes in Britain and France.
Russia's Mir space station was back to normal after the crew replaced part of a computer that malfunctioned December 31, making the vessel go into a spin and lose power, Mission Control said. The gyrodines were fully operational and temperature, orientation and air pressure were normal.
Foreign Minister David Levy resigned in a move that left Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinging tenuously to power and may complicate U.S.-led efforts to revive Middle East peacemaking. Netanyahu, facing his worst crisis in 19 months in office, urged Levy to reconsider but declared his right-wing government would remain in office with or without him and lead the Jewish state into the 21st century.
Europe's new currency, the euro, got off to a strong start on its first trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets.
Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota's 37th governor.
Former presidential rival Elizabeth Dole endorsed fellow Republican George W. Bush.
Israel and the Palestinians reached agreement on an Israeli troop pullback from five percent of the West Bank.
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman, a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, was killed by small-arms fire during an ambush in eastern Afghanistan; he was the first American military death from enemy fire in the war against terrorism.
NASA's Mars exploration rover 'Spirit' lands safely on Mars.
Dubai leader Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum dead
Australia First begins revival campaign
Two deaths unreported in Natrecor study
Australia records hottest year on record
Wildfires still burn in Oklahoma, Texas
12 coal miners are found dead, 1 in critical condition, in West Virginia mine
New Zealand holiday road toll: 20 fatalities
Gazprom stops supplying gas to Moldova
BASF makes $4.9 billion hostile bid for Engelhard
Two Mormon missionaries gunned down in Virginia
U.S. Supreme Court orders accused 'Enemy Combatant' Jose Padilla transferred from military to civilian custody
13 dead when roof crashes over ice-skating ring
Israeli PM Sharon rushed to hospital
Red colored EU passports worry Lithuanian politicians
Thai forces on alert for second anniversary of Narathiwat armoury raids
7.1 magnitude earthquake in Fiji
Baghdad TV station shut down for showing Saddam mourners
Australian Police net $540 million in "liquid ecstacy"
Record number of bicycles sold in Australia in 2006
Canadian PM will shuffle cabinet today
Television actors acknowledged by SAG Awards nominations
Canadian PM cabinet shuffle results
United States Navy ordered to Somalian coast
Saturn's moon Titan hosts liquid lakes and rivers
'UFO' spotted in Istanbul, Turkey
Britain makes final World War II debt payments
Nancy Pelosi named new Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Automobiles torched in France for New Years
Toxic chemicals found in four Canadian politicians
Study suggests hospitals are not the best place for cardiac arrest treatment
High percentage of US patients on placebos without knowing it
Israeli troops kill 9 in Gaza
US unemployment hits two-year high
Georgian President faces election challenge
Israel plans crackdown on West Bank settlement outposts
US dollar no longer accepted at Taj Mahal and other Indian historical sites
Egypt lets 2000 pilgrims through Rafah
Huckabee, Obama win Iowa caucuses
2007 was particularly good year for aviation safety
U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
British Investigators arrive in Pakistan to join Bhutto investigation
Disgorge bassist Ben Marlin dies from cancer
Transaven Airlines plane carrying up to 18 people still missing off Venezuelan coast
Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis once again delayed
Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program
Bangkok nightclub owner to face charges over New Year's fire
Belgian king swears in PM Van Rompuy, cabinet
South Africa defeats Australia in second cricket test
USC defeats Penn State in 95th Rose Bowl Game
Sri Lanka Army captures Tamil Tiger's capital of Kilinochchi
US, UK embassies in Yemen close due to al-Qaeda threat
UK actor Peter Postlethwaite dies aged 64
Suspect arrested in Los Angeles arson rampage case
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai discharged from hospital
113th United States Congress convenes
Syrian opposition report fuel station bombing kills at least nine