Death of Septimus Severus of Rome
Rabanus Maurus, archbishop of Mainz, dies
Coronation of Louis, "the Child," King of Germany
Death of St. Gilbert of Sempringham
Richard I, King of England, is freed from captivity in Germany.
Death of Antonio Pollaivolo, sculptor
Death of St. Joan of France, deposed Queen
Canon John Rogers burnt for heresy
Tycho Brahe & Johannes Kepler meet for 1st time, outside of Prague
One "Leclerc" is condemned for witchcraft, in France
Resettlement Day (of the Jews in England)
A letter describes a German's visit to the Venice theater where Vivaldi was music director. The performance was praised, but the striking thing the letter reported was the habit of people in box seats of spitting on the people in cheap seats below.
Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.
Shays Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers, fails.
Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
Slavery is abolished in all French territories.
John Marshall was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.
Physician and educator Mark Hopkins born
At a convention in Montgomery, Ala., six states- Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina- elected Jefferson Davis president of the Confederacy.
The Apache Wars began at Apache Pass, Arizona, when Army Lt. George Bascom arrested Apache Chief Cochise for raiding a ranch. The war lasted 25 years under the leadership of Cochise and later, Geronimo.
French cubist painter Fernand Leger born
Aviator Charles Lindbergh 'Lucky Lindy' born
Russia offers Korea to Japan and defends its right to occupy Manchuria.
The New York Police Department begins finger print identification.
California law segregates Japanese schoolchildren.
Louis Perlman of New York City received a patent for his "demountable tire-carrying rims."
Civil rights activist Rosa Lee Parks born
Germans decree British waters part of war zone; all ships to be sunk without warning.
Feminist author Betty Friedan born
Henry Finck was writing an article on Schoenberg for the next day's New York Post in which he attacked most of Schoenberg's music, but made an exception for "Transfigured Night," which he said held, quote, "some rather pretty things, buried in bombasts and gasbags."
Artist and author Russell Hoban born
British driver Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record in his car "Bluebird," driving at 174.224 miles per hour.
New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.
Movie director George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") born
The United Service Organizations (USO) started.
Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) born
Comedian David Brenner born
President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle born
Rock singer Alice Cooper born
The island nation of Ceylon -- now Sri Lanka -- became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
Actress Pamela Franklin born
Actress Lisa Eichorn born
Smith-Corona Manufacturing Inc. of New York began selling portable electric typewriters. The first machine was a 'portable' that weighed 19 pounds.
Football player Lawrence Taylor born
Rock musician Henry Bogdan (Helmet) born
Country singer Clint Black born
Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins televised hearings on the Vietnam War.
Bowie Kuhn became Commissioner of Baseball. He served a six-month term, succeeding General William Eckert.
Actress Gabrielle Anwar born
British carmaker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of San Francisco publisher Randolph Hearst, was abducted from her apartment in Berkeley, Calif., by urban guerrillas.
Mao Tse-tung proclaims a new "cultural revolution" in China.
Singer Natalie Imbruglia born
An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale killed nearly 23,000 people in Guatemala and Honduras.
Lourenco Marques, the capital of Mozambique, was renamed Maputo.
Winter Olympics open in Innsbruck.
11 people were killed when two cars of a Chicago Transit Authority train fell off elevated tracks after a collision with another train.
Syria withdraws its peacekeeping force in Beirut.
President Reagan announced a plan to eliminate all medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe.
Great Britain's Laker Airways, a pioneer of cheap transatlantic fares, collapsed.
Singer Karen Carpenter died in Downey, California, at age 32. Heart problems due to anorexia nervosa was the cause of death.
President Reagan celebrated his 72nd birthday two days early when his wife, Nancy, surprised him with a cake during a nationally televised White House news conference.
Space officials delayed the launch of a second satellite from the shuttle "Challenger," one day after the first satellite misfired and disappeared after deployment.
President Reagan sent to Congress a fiscal 1986 budget totaling $973.7 billion and projecting a deficit of $180 billion.
President Reagan, in his fifth State of the Union address, proclaimed "a great American comeback" from years of economic woes, and told a joint session of Congress that America was "growing stronger every day.""
Flamboyant pianist Liberace, born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, died at his Palm Springs, California, home at age 67, Cause of death was AIDS.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole twice confronted Vice President George Bush on the floor of the Senate, accusing his G-O-P presidential rival of condoning a campaign attack that amounted to "groveling in the mud."
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze wrapped up four days of high-level talks in China, the first visit by a Soviet foreign minister in three decades.
Hundreds of thousands of cheering protesters filled Moscow streets to demand that the Communists surrender their stranglehold on power.
Nine people were killed as guerrillas attacked a bus carrying Israeli tourists near Cairo, Egypt.
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani offered to hold talks with Iraq and the United States in an attempt to mediate an end to the Gulf War.
President Bush sent Congress a $1.45 trillion budget for fiscal 1992 containing a deficit of $280.9 billion.
President Bush defended his economic recovery plan before a National Grocers Association meeting in Orlando, Florida.
A jury in Atlanta found General Motors negligent in the fuel-tank design of a pickup truck and awarded 105-point-two million dollars to the parents of a teen-ager killed in a fiery 1989 crash.
The Federal Reserve increased interest rates for the first time in five years in a announcement that triggered a huge sell-off on Wall Street; the Fed said the move was to head off any recurrence of high inflation.
A standoff between the United States and China escalated into a trade war, with each country ordering stiff tariffs against the other.
24 people were killed when a Colombian cargo plane in Paraguay caught fire shortly after takeoff and crashed into a suburban neighborhood.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher concluded a three-nation visit to the Balkans as he met in Belgrade with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
A civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, awarding $8.5 million in compensatory damages to Goldman's parents. (Six days later, the jury added $25 million in punitive damages to go to Nicole Brown Simpson's estate and Goldman's father.)
President Clinton delivered his State of the Union address. Seventy-three Israeli soldiers were killed in the collision of two helicopters.
An estimated five-thousand people were killed when an earthquake hit northeast Afghanistan with a magnitude of six-point-one.
The strongest winter storm of the season lashed the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, flooding rivers and coastal areas and dumping more than a foot of snow in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. The storm, a classic northeaster, pounded beaches in Virginia and the Carolinas with strong winds and heavy surf and carried Atlantic moisture hundreds of miles inland where it fell as rain, sleet and wet snow. The storm swept through the Gulf Coast, whipping Florida and Cuba with heavy rain and wind, and intensified as it moved into the Atlantic, picking up moisture and dumping heavy precipitation.
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates got a face full of custard pie during his visit to Brussels. The attack took place as Gates was about to attend a reception given by the Belgian Flemish community. Organizers said five people, equipped with stocks of pies, appeared to be involved in what was believed to have been a prank with commercial intent.
President Clinton vowed that "one way or the other" he would deny Iraq any weapons of mass destruction and said he was encouraged by an international consensus that Baghdad obey U.N. mandates.
In a case which has drawn much controversy, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers during a nighttime search for a rape suspect.
Gravely ill with lymphatic cancer, Jordan's King Hussein left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was flown home.
Senators at President Clinton's impeachment trial voted to permit the showing of portions of Monica Lewinsky's videotaped deposition.
Singer Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles died in Goldsboro, North Carolina, at age 58.
Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party, a development which triggered European Union sanctions.
Australian immigration detains Aussie flight attendant for 10mths, and maltreats her
Chandra telescope finds missing baryonic matter
ConocoPhillips announces $1bn share repurchase
BBC unveils plans for new Britain only iMP player
Grey Wolves are Still Protected by the Endangered Species Act
Iraq Election: Partial tally report shows support for Shiite candidates
Cuba restores relations with European Union
Egyptian passenger ferry sinks in Red Sea
Scores killed in Manila game show stampede
Gates pledges $600 million for Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis
New laws to combat 'endemic' Hong Kong bird flu
Iran reported to U.N. Security Council
New Zealand newspapers publish "Mohammad Cartoons"
1,000+ of Saudi Arabia's guest workers feared drowned
Danish and Norwegian embassies set on fire
Portuguese Air Force Merlin helicopters enter service
Eight dead in Goleta California rampage
Indigenous Brazilians asserting their land claims
Manipulation alleged in the "Mohammad Cartoons" affair
President Bush to request USD$439.3B defense budget
Seven bushfires near Perth, Western Australia
Scholar says Jehovah's Witnesses wrong about blood transfusions
British Columbia could get an earthquake, survey warns
Texans vote online for new license plate
Thousands march against the FARC-EP
LDS church names Monson their new president
Google finds Microsoft bid for Yahoo 'troubling'
Irish airline Ryanair shares fall by 12% following profit warning
New York Giants upset New England Patriots' quest for perfect season
Poland defeats Finland 1-0 in friendly football match
100 turn out in Orlando, Florida for "Anonymous" protest against Church of Scientology
Fall '08 styles at New York Fashion Week: rock 'n' roll is here to stay
Church of Scientology: '"Anonymous' will be stopped"
Tribunal considers role of Canadian minor in alleged war crimes
Obama cabinet nominees withdraw over tax issues
North Queensland Fury sign former Liverpool great Fowler
Stanford physicists print smallest-ever letters 'SU' at subatomic level of 1.5 nanometres tall
Regulator bans UK video-on-demand service
Report: Man tries to hang himself on an American Airlines flight
Australian teenager sentenced to three months in jail for graffiti
UK television presenter sacked after "golliwog" comment
Pakistan arrests 35 people suspected in US soldiers' death
Monster.com aquires Yahoo's HotJobs service for $225 million
Interview with Liz Mumby, independent candidate in Australian by-election for the Victorian state electorate of Altona
China and US clash over currency
Egyptian president will not seek re-election in September after protests
Susan G. Komen Foundation reneges on Planned Parenthood funding cuts
Unarmed man killed by narcotics officer in The Bronx