Aristides the Just of Athens born
Death of St. Benidict of Aniane
Death of St. Pashal I, Pope
Death of William de Sonnac, 18th Master of the Templars
Marriage of Ottakar I, King of Bohemia, to Margaret, widow of King Henry VII of Germany
Elizabeth of York, Queen to Henry VII of England born
Savonerola resumes preaching in defiance of his excommunication
Death of Elizabeth of York, Queen to Henry VII of England
The monks of Glastonbury meet to elect a new Abbot; no vote is taken
Henry VIII is recognized as the supreme head of the Church of England.
Gregory XIV, Roman Catholic Pope born
King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe
A special tax is levied in England to raise a fleet against the French
Death of Rene Descartes, philosopher (end of the Renaissance)
Through the efforts of Benjamin Franklin, the first American hospital opened, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm on a winter day in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.
The Massachusetts Legislature, at the behest of Governor Elbridge Gerry, passed a re-districting law that favored Gerry's party, a political maneuver that resulted in the term "gerrymandering."
Melville Weston Fuller, 8th U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice born
American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (Milan, Ohio). He was the inventor of more than 1200 patented ideas including the electric light bulb and the phonograph. born
A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed for the first time to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes.
President-elect Lincoln departed Springfield, Illinois, for Washington.
Musician John Mills (Group Rag, Nobody's Sweetheart, St. Louis Blues, Bugle Call Rag, Swing It Sister, Sleepy Head) born
Congress passes the Expedition Act, giving antitrust cases priority in the courts.
President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the U.S. in the Russo-Japanese War.
Blues/folk singer Josh White "The Singing Christian" born
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eleanor Alexander announce their wedding date--June 20, 1910. President Theodore Roosevelt signed a bill creating Mesa Verde National Park.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presented its first concert. The symphony was the first by a municipal orchestra to be supported by taxes.
Author Sidney Sheldon born
Football coach Eddie Robinson born
Former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen born
Actress (Patricia Reid) Kim Stanley (The Right Stuff) born
Actor Leslie Nielsen (Police Squad, Airplane, Airplane II, Naked Gun, Naked Gun 2-1/2, Naked Gun 33-1/3, Dead and Loving It) born
Actress Eva Gabor (Green Acres, Gigi, The Last Time I Saw Paris) born
The Mexican government nationalizes all church property.
The Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
Actress Tina (Blacker) Louise (Gilligan's Island) born
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan born
Actress, Tina Louise, (Gilligan's Island) born
Singer Gene (Craddock) Vincent (Be-Bop-A-Lula, Lotta Lovin', Dance to the Bop) born
Actor Burt Reynolds (Gunsmoke, Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, The Longest Yard, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) born
The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin. When the war was over many of the leaders of the Reich were put on trial for the atrocities that had been committed.
A sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company
Songwriter Gerry Goffin (Lyricist with Carole King Love Me Tomorrow, You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman) born
Singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett (The Monster Mash) born
Musician Sergio Mendes (Fool on the Hill, Mas Que Nada, The Look of Love) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Clay born
General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War Two.
Willie Pep recaptured the world featherweight boxing title by defeating Sany Sadler in New York City.
Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" premiers.
A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Edison's first light bulb.
Nationalist Chinese complete the evacuation of the Tachen Islands.
The National Hockey League Players Association was formed in New York City.
Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black woman to become a stewardess by making her initial flight on Mohawk Airlines from Ithaca, New York, to New York City.
Iran turns down Soviet aid in favor of a U.S. proposal for aid.
After censors cut a 4-minute segment from the Tonight Show, host Jack Paar walked off the air. The censored material was part of the monologue about a "water closet."
Actress Carey Lowell born
Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the U.S. for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.
U.S. and South Vietnamese war planes made their first bombing raids on North Vietnam.
The Johnson administration orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.
Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a tour of Vietnam.
Willie Mays became the highest-paid baseball player in either league as he signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for a salary of about $130,000 a year.
The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. It was the fourth arena to be named Madison Square Garden.
Actress Jennifer Aniston born
McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and "Life" magazine canceled plans to publish what had turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.
Communist-led rebels shower artillery fire into a crowded area of Phnom Pehn, killing 139 and injuring 46 others.
Margaret Thatcher became the first female leader of a British political party when she was elected leader of the Conservatives.
Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) born
Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon resigned his post, but was offered the chance by Prime Minister Menachem Begin to remain in the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio. (Sharon accepted two days later.)
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd met in Washington with President Reagan to discuss Middle East peace prospects.
After nine years of captivity, Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was released by the Soviet Union as part of an East-West prisoner exchange.
President Reagan met in the Oval Office with members of the Tower Commission, who asked him questions about the Iran-Contra affair.
North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith got his 600th career coaching win as the Tar Heels defeated Wake Forest 94-85.
The U.S. All Stars beat the Soviet hockey team 4-3, in Quebec.
President Reagan's onetime political director, Lyn Nofziger, was convicted of illegally lobbying top White House aides. (However, the US Circuit Court of Appeals later overturned Nofziger's conviction, and the US Supreme Court refused to reinstate it.)
Reverend Barbara C. Harris became the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
In a stunning upset, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was knocked out in the tenth round of his fight with Buster Douglas in Tokyo.
South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison. Mandela walked through the gate of Victor Verster prison outside Cape Town, setting off celebrations among his followers.
President Bush met with Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell, who had just returned from the Gulf region. Afterward, Bush said he would hold off on a ground war against Iraq for the time being, saying allied air strikes had been "very, very effective."
A study said drinking three cups of coffee a day does not raise the risk of heart disease.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, on a tour of six former Soviet republics, visited Armenia, where he heard an appeal from the republic's president for U.S. help in resolving a bloody feud with neighboring Azerbaijan.
President Clinton announced his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation's first female attorney general, after two earlier candidates stumbled because they'd hired illegal aliens.
President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, meeting at the White House, failed to resolve key differences on trade.
A judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ordered Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson acquitted of ethics charges after prosecutors refused to present their case.
The space shuttle Discovery returned from an eight-day mission.
Actor William Conrad died in Los Angeles at age 73.
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address, threatened to veto any attempt by Republicans to scrap plans to put 100,000 additional police officers on the streets.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, ending a historic rendezvous mission with Russia's Mir space station.
A day after losing to an IBM computer dubbed "Deep Blue," world chess champion Gary Kasparov rebounded to defeat the machine and even their six-game series in Philadelphia at one victory apiece.
In a display of bipartisan unity, President Clinton and congressional leaders agreed to focus the new Congress on balancing the budget and other issues, ranging from cutting taxes to solving the capital city's myriad problems.
Space shuttle "Discovery" was launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
Skier Jonny Moseley won the first US gold medal at Nagano, in men's moguls freestyle; Picabo Street won the women's super-G. Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana (his medal was later reinstated).
The first helicopter carrying humanitarian aid reached survivors of devastating earthquakes in northern Afghanistan a week after the first quake struck. Families walked miles, some barefoot, through the snow from remote mountain villages where thousands of their relatives and neighbors were killed, to the regional center of Rustaq where aid was coordinated.
All 33 crewmembers of a crab boat were rescued after it was struck by a cargo ship, the Hanjin Barcelona, and sank in the icy Bering Sea. The crew members of the Seattle-based fishing boat, the Alaska-1, had time to escape into life rafts before it sank 34 miles north of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. They were later picked up by a nearby fishing boat.
The Church of England's general synod, voted to eliminate the reference to temptation in the Lord's Prayer. Senior clerics decided to delete the words "Lead us not into temptation" and substitute "Save us from the time of trial" in a modern version of the prayer. The prayer is to be introduced in church services in the new millennium. The change must go to a revision committee and then be approved again by the general synod. If finally approved congregations will have a choice of whether to use the traditional version of the prayer or the modern one.
A federal jury in New York found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals; other manufacturers were cleared.
The space shuttle "Endeavour" thundered away from Cape Canaveral on a mission to map the world as never before.
French movie director Roger Vadim died in Paris at age 72.
Britain stripped Northern Ireland's Protestant-Catholic government of power in a bid to prevent its collapse over the IRA's refusal to disarm.
Bush administration removes critical report from website, replaces Civil Rights Commission chair
Shakidor Dam bursts in Pakistan after heavy rain
Canadian PM Martin testifies before sponsorship scandal inquiry
Arthur Miller dies, aged 89
Michael Smith foundation gifted by BC government
Brazil opens XIV International Fair of Books in Cuba
Rallies against Feb. 1 royal coup in Nepal
U.N. reports Afghan opium production is up again
Neil Entwistle agrees to extradition
University of Illinois student newspaper runs six Prophet Mohammed cartoons
Hospital morale vital during any outbreak: expert warns
Israeli PM Ariel Sharon undergoes emergency surgery
Craigslist sued for hosting discriminatory housing ads
Steve Fossett breaks record for longest nonstop flight, lands safely
Iran to abandon Nuclear Non Proliferation (NPT) if threatened to cut down on nuclear activities
Curious death befalls collaborator days before movie release
French satirical weekly reprints caricatures
Lewis "Scooter" Libby testified that leak was authorized Lewis
Protest held against Muhammad caricatures in Paris
Australian governments to spend $1.1 billion on mental health
Microsoft patent to make ads disable computer
Canadian government threatens to ignore law respecting Kyoto Protocol
Virginia public smoking ban snuffed again by House sub-committee
Explosive fire at Phi Phi Island damages several buildings
India sends first all-woman peace keeping force to Liberia
Spokane Mall evacuated after fumes sicken people
Russia! magazine, an English-language publication about Russia, is released in the US
Ted Haggard reaches financial settlement with New Life Church
Cheap, safe drug shows potential to kill cancer cells
Paintings worth millions of Swiss francs stolen in ZÃ¼rich
Air Moldova completes airpark with a Brazilian Embraer aircraft
Rebels shoot East Timor president
Alan Keyes still in presidential race
Victims of torture among detainees facing death penalty in Guantanamo
Israel town sues Google for slander
Proton rocket launches Thor 5 satellite
State of emergency declared in East Timor
Columbus module added to ISS during spacewalk
Arson suspected in Namdaemun gate fire in Seoul
Abu Dhabi starts constructing 'green city'
EU warns France about auto rescue plan
US Senate passes stimulus package
American baseball star Rodriguez admits to using performance enhancing drugs
Mayor of Flint, Michigan resigns for health reasons
"Successor to mp3"; MusicDNA founder interviewed
Two killed, one seriously injured in crash in Lancashire, England
Hosni Mubarak steps down as president of Egypt
Tankers taken by pirates in Indian Ocean
'Stop being so damn respectful' say free speech supporters in London
Attention drawn to high suicide rates in Scotland, Russia, Australia
US regulators approve new nuclear reactors for first time in 34 years
Police charge man with murder of three-year-old in Sheffield, UK
Gambling sites favor Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Peter Turkson, Francis Arinze as next Pope
Pope Benedict XVI resigns effective February 28