Death of Dagobert, King of the Franks
Death of St. Adrian of Canterbury
Basle's entire community of Jews is burned
Gregory XV, Roman Catholic Pope. born
St. Philip of Moscow, Primate of the Russian Church, is killed by Ivan the Terrible
Massacre of Novgorod begun by Ivan the Terrible
Peter Minuit sets sail from Amsterdam to Manhattan, which he later purchased from the Indians
Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the US Constitution.
Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, New Jersey.
1st income tax imposed, in England.
The American composer John Knowles Paine, in Portland, Maine. born
The daguerrotype process announced at French Academy of Science
The Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind became the first operatic superstar by signing a six-figure contract with P.T. Barnum, the equivalent of a multimillion-dollar contract today.
Women's suffrage and peace movement leader Carrie Chapman Catt born
Mississippi seceded from the Union.
Joseph B. Strauss, civil engineer & builder of Golden Gate Bridge. born
Pioneer psychologist John Watson born
Actress Vilma (Lonchit) Banky (Son of the Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle) born
Comedienne and singer Gracie (Stansfield) Fields (Walter, Walter, I Took My Harp to A Party, The Biggest Aspidistra in the World;songs Sally, Now is the Hour, Around the World) born
Chic Young, creator of the "Blondie" comic strip. born
Choreographer George (Georgi Balanchivadze) Balanchine. He founded School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet born
Count Zeppelin announces plans for his airship to carry 100 passengers.
Italians report that Somaliland is under siege by the Abyssinians.
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt announces that he will run for president if he is forced.
The $18 million Equitable Life Assurance building in New York is destroyed by fire.
Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, California. He was the first president to resign - born
Actress and dancer Gypsy (Rose Hovick) Rose Lee (You Can't Have Everything, The Trouble with Angels, The Stripper, My Lucky Star; subject of Broadway show & film: Gypsy) born
Actor Fernando Lamas (The Cheap Detective, Murder on Flight 502, Rose Marie, The Merry Widow, Rich, Young and Pretty) born
Pancho Villa signs a treaty with U.S. General Scott, halting border conflicts.
Actor Herbert Lom (Son of the Pink Panther and others in Pink Panther series, Ten Little Indians, King Solomon's Mines, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Dorian Gray, Spartacus, War and Peace, The Seventh Veil, Secret Mission) born
Ford Motor Co. stock is now valued at nearly $1 billion.
Author Judith Krantz (Scruples) born
Operetta composer Eugene Lemaire died at the age of 73 after either jumping or falling into the Seine.
The Seeing Eye was incorporated in Nashville, Tennessee. Its purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind.
Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr born
Sportscaster Dick Enberg born
Actor Bob Denver (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gilligan's Island, Back to the Beach, Wackiest Wagon Train in the West) born
Sportscaster Dick Enberg (NBC Sports, former Angels play-by-play voice) born
The United States Army adopted the semiautomatic rifle.
The first issue of the periodical, "Look" went on sale this day. The initial issue sold 700,000 copies and within a month, "Look" became a biweekly magazine.
Country singer Big Al Downing born
Actor-singer Jimmy Boyd ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus") born
Actress Susannah York (Devices and Desires, Superman 2, The Awakening, Superman: The Movie, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, A Man for All Seasons, Tom Jones, Tunes of Glory) born
Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded "Until Tomorrow" on Victor Records. This song became the sign-off melody for Kaye and other big bands.
Joe Louis knocked out Buddy Bear in the first round. Louis defended his world heavyweight boxing title, marking the 20th title defense for The Brown Bomber.
Singer Joan Baez (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down) born
Rock musician Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) born
During World War Two, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.
In World War II, American troops invaded the Philippine island of Luzon and went on to liberate Manila.
Pop singer Bill Cowsill born
Singer David Johanson (aka Buster Poindexter) born
Singer (Brenda Webb) Crystal Gayle (Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Half the Way; singer, Loretta Lynn's sister) born
The United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.
Jackie Robinson becomes the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.
Anthony Eden resigned as British prime minister.
Rock musician Eric Erlandson (Hole) born
Anti-US rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and three US soldiers.
Actress Joely Richardson born
Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews born
The "Surveyor Seven" space probe made a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
The supersonic Concorde jetliner made its first test flight at Bristol, England.
Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.
Singer A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) born
Saudi Arabia beheaded 63 people for their involvement in the November 1979 raid on the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
5.9 earthquake in New England/Canada; last one was in 1855.
"WHERES THE BEEF?" Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the now-famous and horribly annoying, yet wonderfully successful, "WHERES THE BEEF?", commercial campaign for Wendys fast-food chain. Dave Thomas spent $8 million on the ads that promoted hamburger sales plus T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and countless other items bearing the picture of the elderly cult star.
The Internal Revenue Service, for the first time, announced it would withhold income tax refunds coming to 750,000 government loan defaulters, most of them former students.
and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January
Vice President George Bush said he would be willing to make public his notes and documents on the Iran-Contra affair as he sought to dispel persistent questions about his knowledge of the scandal.
President Reagan, in his weekly radio address, called for swift confirmation of a free trade pact with Canada.
The Supreme Court agreed to consider the "Webster" abortion case the same day Surgeon General C. Everett Koop advised President Reagan he would not issue a report on the health risks of abortion.
The space shuttle "Columbia" was launched on a ten-day mission that included the retrieval of a drifting scientific satellite.
Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz met for six hours in Geneva, but failed to resolve the Persian Gulf crisis. President Bush, in Washington, accused Iraq of "a total stiff-arm, a total rebuff."
President George Bush declared his trade visit to Japan a success, saying Japanese officials had agreed to increase imports of American cars, auto parts, computers and other goods. (However, U.S. auto executives traveling with Bush sounded less enthusiastic about the accord.)
Two Red Cross officials visited a camp of Palestinians who had been deported by Israel to a no man's land in southern Lebanon.
Seven people were found shot to death at a restaurant in Palatine, Illinois; the crime remains unsolved.
President Clinton began the first European trip of his administration in Belgium, where he warned of a rising mood of nationalism in Russia that he said threatened the march of democracy in Eastern Europe.
Severe flooding forced people to flee resort communities in the hills north of San Francisco.
In New York, the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and eleven other defendants accused of conspiring to wage a holy war against the United States began. (All the defendants were convicted of seditious conspiracy, except for two who had reached plea agreements with the government.)
British comedian Peter Cook died in London at age 57.
Chechen rebels seized a hospital in the southern Russian city of Kizlyar and took up to 3,000 hostages. (The rebels released all but about 160 hostages the next day, using the remaining captives as a shield against Russian troops.)
President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders broke off budget talks.
President Clinton vetoed a Republican welfare overhaul bill.
A Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29 people on board.
The Barry Switzer era with the Dallas Cowboys ended with the announcement of the coach's resignation.
Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam visited the Maze Prison to make a face-to-face appeal for peace to Protestant militants.
At the White House, presidential advisers prepared a public and legal defense in President Clinton's impeachment trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, meanwhile, pledged "above all, fairness" to the president.
The controversial "Sensation" art exhibit ended its three-month run at the Brooklyn Museum, which had gotten into a fight with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani over what the mayor called the exhibit's offensive anti-Catholic content.
Park Tae-joon, the leader of the United Liberal Democrats, was appointed South Korea's prime minister.
Severe storm hits United Kingdom in the early morning
Torture and mass arrests of Christians in Vietnam
One dies in submarine accident
Voting underway for successor to Yasser Arafat
Peace agreement signed in Sudan
Palestinian election ends, exit polls give Abbas lead
Extraordinary feature found on Saturn's moon Iapetus
NASA schedules launch date for comet-chasing probe
Honda wins car, truck of the year, unveils Fit
First Tropical Cyclone of forms off West Australia
US Dept of Justice evacuated over homeless person's coat on bus
Richmond serial slayers arrested in Philadelphia
Trustpower plans to build new windfarm in New Zealand
Dick Cheney released after health scare
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Alito to start this week
Israeli PM, Ariel Sharon, woken from coma. moves limbs
Archbishop Levada questioned regarding sex abuse cases in Portland
Number of breaches during New Zealand's end of year exams
Prince Laurent of Belgium testifies in marine fraud case
Hindu Holy Men in India threaten to boycott Ganges River Festival because of pollution
Makeup Oscar nominee list narrowed to seven
"Prada", "Illusionist" among screen adaptations up for USC Scripter
Full video of Tigger incident reveals different story
Sudan may allow joint UN/AU forces in Darfur
U.S. Nuclear submarine collides with Japanese tanker
U.S. air strikes on Somalia confirmed
Canadian Genie Award nominations announced
China has plan to obtain North Korea's nuclear weapons
China bans free plastic bags
Von D from "LA Ink" TV series sets world record for tattooing
Couple with 99 grandchildren possibly record holders
Yemeni man creates world's largest crossword puzzle
Pentagon releases video of incident involving Iranian ships in Persian Gulf
John McCain and Hillary Clinton win New Hampshire primaries
Global premiere of Lordi horror movie Dark Floors next month in Oulu, Finland
Apple to lower UK iTunes prices
Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel
Singapore Airlines bid for China Eastern Airlines unsuccessful
Canupa Gluha Mani speaks about Lakota Oyate, Lakota freedom
Will Wikimedia "run on Sun"?
Fourteen days left to send National Geographic your shoe for world record
Dr. Phil's consultation meant to be private: Spears family
George Bush arrives in Middle East
Chemical firm LyondellBasell collapses
Spider-Man to save Obama's Inauguration Day in upcoming Marvel comic
Israeli rocket targets Press TV building in Gaza
Florida wins BCS National Championship Game over Oklahoma
United Nations suspends operations in Gaza after schools and trucks are hit by Israeli forces
Study suggests 48% of US soda fountain machines have coliform bacteria
Four killed in suspected US drone strike in Pakistan
'Not guilty' plea from Abdulmutallab on Detroit jet bombing charges
Arrest made in Newark Airport security breach
Two arrested in New York subway bomb plot
Bomb explodes in central Athens, Greece; no injuries reported
World's largest package delivery service to cut 1,800 jobs
Chevron pipeline in Nigeria attacked by gunmen
Taliban commander blows himself up in Pakistan
BBC receives 8,400 complaints over 'EastEnders' cot death story
Seventeen dead in Afghan bathhouse bombing
British PM says executive pay to be put to shareholder vote