Death of the Emperor Jovian of Rome
Death of St. Fintan of Cloneenagh
Death of Henry Raspe, King of Germany
A Royal Embassy arrives in Vienne from Philip IV "the Fair," King of France, to convince the Pope to condemn the Templars
The French Inquisition is set after the Spirituals
"Heathen" religions banned in Poland
Richard, deposed King of England, murdered
Philip "the Good," of Burgundy, takes the Vow of the Pheasant
Charles, Duke of Bourbon. The 8th duke of France under King Francis I and later a leading general under Francis' chief adversary, the Holy Roman emperor Charles V. born
Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay annual tribute to Sultan for peace
Miles Standish appointed Military Commander of Plymouth Colony
Arcangelo Corelli was born. By his early twenties Corelli was in Rome, a well-known and admired violinist, and by his thirties his trio sonatas and other chamber works were known throughout Europe. born
Rudolph Jacob Camerarius The botanist who demonstrated the existence of sexes in plants. born
Moliere, the stage name of French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin died after collapsing on stage on the third night of his play "Le Malade Imaginaire" ("The Imaginary Invalid").
Raphaelle Peale, U.S. painter born
The House of Representatives chose Thomas Jefferson as third president of the United States. Aaron Burr, who tied with Jefferson in the Electoral College, became vice president.
Baltimore became the first U.S. city with gas-burning street lights.
Composer Henri Vieuxtemps born
U.S. merchant (Aaron) Montgomery Ward was born in Chatham, New Jersey. Ward introduced the mail-order method of selling general merchandise and founded the mail-order house of Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc. born
Engraver Frederick Ives born
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in the first successful submarine attack
William Cadbury, chocolate manufacturer born
Thomas J. Watson Sr. American industrialist who built the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) into the largest manufacturer of electric typewriters and data-processing equipment in the world. born
Julius Wolff was credited with being the first to can sardines - at Eastport, Maine.
Texas oil millionaire H.L. Hunt born
The forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, was founded in Washington.
Contralto Marian Anderson was born. She was the first black artist to entertain at the White House and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. born
Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" was premiered at La Scala. It received a poor reception!
Sportscaster Red Barber was born. He began play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds games, then became the voice of the "Brooklyn" Dodgers. born
A government commission reports that the tobacco industry is controlled by six men with 86 firms that are worth $450 million.
Apache leader Geronimo died while under military confinement at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Germany signs an armistice giving up territory in Poland.
Actress Kathleen Foreman. born
Swimmer (and later "Tarzan") Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. His time: 52-2/5 seconds in Miami, Florida.
Margaret Truman Daniel. born
The League of Nations censures Japan in a worldwide broadcast. The rise of militaristic nationalism led Japan down the road to Pearl Harbor and World War II.
"Newsweek" was first published.
"Blondie Boopadoop," the title role and flapper in the comic strip "Blondie," married "Dagwood Bumstead." The marriage took place three years after the popular comic strip debuted in the nation's newspapers.
The first high school automobile driver's education course was introduced in State College, Pennsylvania.
Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.
Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown. born
Actress Mary Ann Mobley. born
Oil is discovered in commercial quantities in Alabama.
Gen. MacArthur's troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines. General Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese general opposing MacArthur.
Actress Brenda Fricker. born
The Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
Singer (Geraldine) Dodie Stevens born
The Packard convertible makes its debut.
Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.
Actor Richard Karn ("Home Improvement"). born
Former New York Giants football star, Frank Gifford, signed a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers. When the movie career did not work out, he worked at WCBS-TV as a sportscaster.
The U.S. launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.
Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips. born
Basketball player Michael Jordan. born
The Supreme Court issued its "Westberry v. Sanders" decision, ruling congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.
Luke Appling became the 101st member elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day). born
President Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.
Pink Floyd premiered "Dark Side of the Moon" during a concert at London's Rainbow Theater. The album by that name was released a year later and became the longest-charting Rock LP in Billboard's history. 303 weeks.
President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.
Country singer Bryan White. born
Art in by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gough, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("3rd Rock from the Sun"). born
Pope John Paul II meets with President Marcos in Manila.
U.S. jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died. A key figure in the development of bebop, he played with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane.
General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. officials signed an agreement to build front-wheel-drive cars at an idled GM plant in Fremont, California.
Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado announced in Denver he would seek the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.
Murray Haydon becomes the third person to receive an artificial heart as doctors at Humana Hospital Audubon in Louisville, Kentucky, implanted the device. (Haydon lived 488 days with the heart.)
The price of first class U.S. postage stamps were raised to 22 cents.
Johnson & Johnson pulled Tylenol from store shelves after a woman died from taking the pain reliever. It was later found that the medication had been tampered with.
Johnson and Johnson halted production of all non-prescription drugs in capsules following the death of a Peekskill, N,Y., woman from cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol.
Don Mattingly won the highest award in the 13-year history of salary arbitration when a judge ruled that the New York Yankee deserved a salary of $1,975,000.
Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins, an American officer serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group, was kidnapped in southern Lebanon (he was later slain by his captors).
Iran's president (Ali Khamenei) said Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," could save himself from a death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Khomeini if he were to apologize for his book, which was regarded as blasphemous.
Czechoslovakia's Communist Party expelled former President Gustav Huak, ex-Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal and 20 other hard-liners who came to power after Soviet tanks crushed the 1968 Prague Spring reform era.
Former President Reagan spent a second day in a Los Angeles courtroom, giving videotaped testimony about the Iran-Contra affair for the trial of his former national security adviser, John Poindexter.
During the Persian Gulf War, Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz traveled to Moscow for a meeting with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison He was beaten to death in prison in November 1994.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III met with Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin in Moscow, after which Baker announced plans to aid former Soviet nuclear scientists and help Russian dismantle it nuclear weapons.
An overcrowded ferry carrying up to 1,500 people sank off Haiti; only 285 people were known to have survived.
President Clinton addressed a joint session of Congress, asking Americans to accept one of the biggest tax increases in history as part of a plan to curb massive budget deficits and stimulate the economy.
The New York Philharmonic performed the suite from "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh," by Rimsky-Korsakov. Russian guest-conductor Valery Gergiev also conducted selections from the Berlioz version of "Romeo and Juliet".
Bosnian Serbs began large-scale withdrawal of its heavy guns from the hills around Sarajevo under pressure from Russia.
The U.S. government reported a record trade deficit with Japan the previous year; Japan, faced with possible U.S. sanctions, decided to develop a wide-ranging package of measures to trim its trade surplus with the U.S.
Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.
Ecuador and Peru signed a peace accord aimed at ending their three-week border war.
World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia (Kasparov had lost the first game, won the second, fifth and sixth games and earned draws in the third and fourth).
Tidal waves killed more than 100 people in Indonesia.
a surprising development, Pepperdine University said that Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr would step down from the probe to take a full-time job at the school. (Starr reversed himself four days later.)
President Clinton, preparing Americans for possible airstrikes against Iraq, said military force is never the first answer "but sometimes it's the only answer."
A jury in Fort Worth, Texas, convicted former Naval Academy
The US women's hockey team won the gold medal at Nagano, defeating Canada 3-to-1.
Israeli security guards shot and killed three Kurds who had forced their way into the Israeli consulate in Berlin; the protesters were enraged by reports that Israel aided in the arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
In a satellite-linked address to college campuses across the country, President Clinton made his case for shoring up Social Security and Medicare.
A House panel said in a report that the program to inoculate all 2.4 million American military personnel against anthrax was based on "a paucity of science" and should be suspended; the Pentagon defended the program and vowed to continue the inoculations.
Oldest human fossils dated as 200,000yrs old
Funeral held for the former Lebanese Prime Minister
Brazilian President Lula met Chavez, military and economic cooperation
Second U.S. anti-missile defence system test fails
Armstrong will compete in Tour de France
China overtakes U.S. as world's largest consumer
Boeing unveils long-range 777
Five hundred cattle die of neglect on West Australia property
Foreigners buy record number of Canadian securities
United Iraqi Alliance win slight majority
Brazil: occupied area conflict, 2 deaths
Former Paraguayan President's daughter found dead
Greenspan's testimony suggests "more of the same"
Chubu International Airport opens
British Parliament bans smoking in pubs, workplaces and clubs
Bird flu could kill between 1.4 and 140 million people - Australian researchers
Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners
Graffiti game banned in Australia
U.S. looking for asylum for some Guantanamo prisoners
85 rescued, thousands feared dead in Philippine landslide
Cheney gets ovation, shooting victim apologizes to Cheney
Day 7 Results - Olympic Winter Games
Colombiaâ€™s Uribe orders the bombing of a Natural National Park
Full extent of Abu Ghraib detainee abuse revealed
McGovern calls for whistleblowing before alleged US attack on Iran
Day 6 Results - Olympic Winter Games
Australian bird flu vaccine trial results "promising"
Reconnaissance Orbiter finds more evidence of water on the planet Mars
Black Caps make cricket history
NASA launches satellites to study northern lights
NYC students attempt to revive stoop culture
National Hockey League news: February 17, 2008
English town wants to move to Scotland
Bush: Congress should approve 'vital' bill
Papadopoulos eliminated in Cypriot election
NBA holds second annual NBDL All-Star game
Micro-loans to US poor from Bangladesh's Grameen Bank
Greek-Cypriots vote for President
Kosovo declares independence from Serbia
UK bank Northern Rock to be nationalised
VÃ¡clav Klaus re-elected as President of the Czech Republic
California meat packing firm recalls 143M pounds of beef
Over 80 Afghans killed by bombing in KandahÄr
General relativity effect confirmed: satellite experiment
Large chimpanzee shot and killed by police in US after it attacks woman, officers
British writer Edward Upward dies at 105
Obama signs $787 billion stimulus package
UK inflation rate increases to 3.5%
Hockey player Georges Laraque joins Green Party of Canada
Fifteen receive US Presidential Medal of Freedom
Egyptian military appoints committee to amend constitution
Armed robbers steal valuable statuettes from Olympia museum, Greece
Inquiry blames surgical failures for Scottish patient deaths
Two Outer Hebrides councillors launch petition to retain local flight services