Massacre of St. Bruno of Querfurt and his party, by Lithuanians
Coronation of Henry II, "the Saint" as Holy Roman Emperor
Election of Innocent II as Pope
2,000 Jews are burned at the stake in Strasbourg, Germany.
Murder of Richard II, King of England
Entrance of Henry VI, King of England and France, into London
Polish astronomer Nicholas Copernicus born
Maximillian II is recognized as the future King of Bohemia
Death of Benevenuto Cellini
Marriage of Fredrick V Elector Palantine and Princess Elizabeth of England
William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" first performed
Richard Allen, 1st black ordained by a Methodist-Episcopal church born
The American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.
American Loyalists are defeated by Patriots at Kettle Creek, Georgia.
Moses Coast received a patent on the apple parer.
An early Russian opera composer, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, composer of "Rusalka." It was later said he had not learned to talk for six years. born
Anna Howard Shaw, U.S. suffragette born
President Polk became the first chief executive to be photographed while in office as he posed for Matthew Brady in New York.
George Washington Gale Ferris, inventor of the Ferris Wheel born
Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
Esther Morris becomes the world's first female justice of the peace.
Inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied separately for patents related to the telephone. (The US Supreme Court eventually ruled Bell the rightful inventor.)
The West Coast citrus industry was born. The first trainload of oranges left Los Angeles for eastern markets.
Comedian Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky) in Waukegan, Illinois. born
Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's Theatre in London.
Voting machines for use in federal elections were approved by the U.S. Congress.
General Roberts invades South Africa's Orange Free State with 20,000 British troops.
President Theodore Roosevelt signed a law creating a Department of Commerce and Labor.
The "Missouri Kid" is captured in Kansas.
Russia and Britain threaten action in Macedonia if peace is not reached soon.
Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.
Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa born
Sportscaster Mel (Israel) Allen born
The Kaiser invites the U.S. Ambassador Gerard to Berlin in order to confer on the war.
Warsaw demonstrators protest the transfer of Polish territory to the Ukraine.
The motion picture, "Tarzan of the Apes", was released. The film was based on a series of stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The movie focused on 10-year-old Gordon Griffith who played Tarzan as a boy. An older Tarzan was played by Elmo Lincoln.
The United Parcel Service is incorporated in Oakland, California.
The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maude Wood Park.
Broadcaster Hugh Downs (The Jack Paar Show, Concentration, Today, 20/20) born
Thomas Watson founds International Business Machines Corp.
Explorer Peter Gimbel born
Astronaut Frank Borman born
The "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.
Singer Phyllis McGuire (The McGuire Sisters Sugartime) born
The U.S. won the first bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, New York.
An eight-day bank holiday was declared in Michigan in a Depression-era move to avert a financial panic. $50 million was rushed to Detroit to bolster bank assets.
Actress-singer Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) born
Golf champion Mickey (Mary) Wright born
Actor Andrew Prine (The Miracle Worker, Gettysburg, The Devil's Brigade) born
The Reich launches the battleship Bismark.
Country singer Razzy Bailey. born
The first porpoise born in captivity arrived at Marineland in Florida.
Britain announces that all merchant ships will be armed.
Secretary of Health and Human Rights Donna Shalala born
"Reflections in a Golden Eye" by Carson McCullers was first published.
Journalist Carl Bernstein. born
Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
Actor-dancer Gregory Hines. born
TV personality Pat O'Brien born
Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) born
The United States charges the U.S.S.R. with interning up to 14 million in labor camps.
Rock musician (Heart) Roger Fisher born
Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil). born
Ice skater (Alicia) Jo Jo Starbuck born
A Jewish couple loses their fight to adopt Catholic twins as the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to rule on state law.
The 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party opened, during which Nikita Khruschev denounced the policies of Joseph Stalin.
Georgia Senate outlaws interracial athletics.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House. It was the first public peek into the Presidential back rooms and bedrooms and drew a record audience of 80 million.
Malcolm X's home is firebombed. No injuries are reported.
Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) born
Rick Mount of Lebanon, Indiana, became the first, high school, male athlete to be pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Tennis player Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. born
Moscow publicizes a new five-year plan geared to expanding consumer production.
The musical, "Grease," opened at the Eden Theater on Broadway. The play later moved to the Broadhurst Theater where it became the longest-running musical (at that time - CATS has since passed this record) ever with a run of 3,388 performances.
Rock singer Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) born
Adolph Dubs, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
CBS announced that Dan Rather had been chosen to succeed Walter Cronkite as anchorman and managing editor of The CBS Evening News the following year.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin appointed Moshe Arens, Israel's ambassador to the United States, to be defense minister, replacing Ariel Sharon.
Six-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lived until November 1990).
British rocker Elton John married Renata Blauel in Sydney, Australia.
Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage by extremists in Lebanon, was freed.
The government reported that collapsing world oil prices sent U.S. wholesale prices plunging seven-tenths of one percent in January 1986.
Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov addressed a closed-door session of a Kremlin-sponsored peace forum. Participants quoted Sakharov as calling for more democracy in the Soviet Union.
Hours after learning that his sister had died of leukemia, American David Jansen lost his bid for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, when he fell during the 500-meter speed-skating event.
Broadway composer Frederick Loewe, who wrote the scores for "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot," died in Palm Springs, California, at age 86.
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie author of the novel "The Satanic Verses," a work condemned as blasphemous throughout the Islamic world.
Union Carbide Corporation of the U.S. accepted an Indian Supreme Court ruling that it pay $470 million in compensation for the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster.
94 people were killed when an Indian Airlines passenger jet crashed while landing at a southern Indian airport.
Iraq charged the bombing of an underground facility the day before, which killed hundreds of civilians, was a deliberate attack on an air raid shelter, a charge denied by the United States.
Two San Francisco men became the first couple to register as "domestic partners" under a new city ordinance.
American speed skater Bonnie Blair won her second gold medal of the Albertville Olympics, in the one-thousand meters event.
The former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan rejected a proposal for a unified army, handing a sharp rebuff to Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin.
The body of James Bulger, a two-year-old boy who had been lured away from his mother in a Liverpool, England, shopping mall two days earlier, was found along a stretch of railroad track. (Two boys who were ten years old at the time were later convicted of murdering James.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter finished composing a 20-minute piece called "Partita" for the Chicago Symphony. Carter says "Partita" aims to depict the sense of motion in a floating bubble.
At the Winter Olympics in Norway, speedskater Dan Jansen slipped and fell during the 500 meters race.
President Clinton used his first annual economic report to proclaim his policies had put the country on track for rising prosperity for years to come.
The House passed the centerpiece of the Republican anti-crime package, voting to create block grants for local governments while eliminating President Clinton's program to hire more police.
A federal judge rejected the Justice Department's proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corporation; U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin was later overruled.
Texas Senator Phil Gramm bowed out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination following his poor showing in the Louisiana and Iowa caucuses.
An armed North Korean demanding political asylum shot his way into the Russian embassy compound in Pyongyang, killing three people.
American Airlines and its pilots union continued contract talks as the clock ticked down to a midnight strike deadline. (The pilots did strike, but President Clinton immediately intervened, ordering a 60-day "cooling off" period.)
Russia's Ilya Kulik won the men's figure skating gold medal at the Nagano Olympics.
Authorities officially declared Eric Rudolph a suspect in the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama, abortion clinic and offered a $100,000 reward.
John D. Ehrlichman, President Nixon's domestic affairs adviser imprisoned for his role in the Watergate cover-up that ultimately led to Nixon's resignation, died in Atlanta at age 73.
President Clinton, accompanied by his wife, Hillary, began a quick visit to Mexico to encourage its struggle against narcotics and government corruption, and grow its markets for U.S. products.
Three tornadoes tore across rural southwest Georgia, killing 20 people and destroying homes, businesses and farms.
Two sophomores at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, were found shot to death in a fast-food restaurant just two blocks from the school, which was still reeling from the April 1999 massacre.
U.S. drones reported in Iranian airspace
Brazilian Medicine Council against Cuban privileges
Severe weather warning issued for Samoa
Madrid skyscraper devastated by fire
Iran rejects EU nuclear reactor offer
Passenger ship Voyager radios SOS in the Mediterranean
WestJet Airlines retires 18 aircraft
Best Buy signs leases for 28 new stores
Large explosion in Beirut kills many including former prime minister
'Baby 81's parents confirmed
California police kill knife-wielding man
Study says people don't understand the emotional tone of emails, but think they do
GAO reveals $1.6 billion spent on public relations by the Bush administration in 2003-2005
Israeli group announces anti-semitic cartoons contest
Body found on a Kingwood Street in Houston
Police embarrassed after car stolen from station
The Tel Aviv Magistrates Court sentences Omri Sharon
Man shot by US Vice President suffers mild heart attack
Pennsylvania man named in alleged terror plot
Trainee police officer shot in Nottingham
Bali Nine ringleaders sentenced to death
Indian museum combats spread of HIV
Canada's best films of 2006 honoured at Genie Awards
Archaeologist finds earliest tools used by non-human apes
Car bomb kills 11 in Iran
DaimlerChrysler plans to cut 13,000 jobs
Funding gap forces library closures in Jackson County, Oregon
New England area of USA braces for winter storm
Clinton's speech at St. Mary's University stirs debate over abortion
Historic manuscript "The Housebook" reported sold in Germany
Six dead in campus shooting at Northern Illinois University
Inflation in Finland reaches 7-year high at 3.8%
National Hockey League news: February 14, 2008
Employment figures in Brazil up by 2.2% according to IBGE
Study reports that 28% of broiler chickens struggle to walk
500 stranded melon-headed whales rescued in Philippine bay
Germany's GUN Records closes
Six killed in UK car crash
Queensland Premier denies March 28 election
Virgin Atlantic jet fire investigation finds faulty wiring in A340 fleet
British Airways jet makes rough landing at London City Airport
Israel elects 18th Knesset
Australia's Queensland Roar through to A-League football preliminary final
Chicago Metra considers selling naming rights for train lines, stations
Winning British EuroMillions lottery ticket worth Â£56 million claimed
Chip and PIN 'not fit for purpose', says Cambridge researcher
Bill Clinton leaves hospital following heart procedure
Indian foreign minister criticized after reading wrong speech at UN summit
Former Egyptian president Mubarak reportedly ill, may be in coma
Canadian rapper Bad News Brown murdered in Montreal
Four found dead in Leicestershire, England
NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. earns Daytona 500 pole
Santorum neologism spreads to Romney
Ukraine plane crash landing kills five