Leo proclaimed Eastern Roman Emperor
Edward I revives the title Prince of Wales, confers it on his son
Robert, "the Bruce," captures Dumfries, Scotland
Sir Thomas More, English statesman and writer. (Found guilty of treason, beheaded; Sainted in 1935) born
Accession of Julius III as Pope
Surrender of Thomas Wyatt and end of Wyatt's Rebellion
King Philip II establishes the Inquisition in province of South America
Francis Drake reaches Arica, Chile
French Academy begins its great dictionary of the French language
The "Rump" Parliament prohibits government by a single person or King
The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted.
The 11th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. This curbed the power of the federal judiciary in relation to the states and reaffirmed the sovereignty of the states.
John Deere, pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements. born
Charles Dickens in Portsmouth, England. (David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist) born
Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave whose oratorical and literary brilliance thrust him into the forefront of the U.S. Abolition Movement, was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland. born
The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City.
French danseuse Mme. Francisquy Hutin introduced ballet to the United States with a performance of "The Deserter," staged at the Bowery Theater in New York. The scanty attire of the troupe caused a minor scandal.
American author Laura Ingalls Wilder in Lake Pepin, Wisconsin. Her works included the "Little House" children's books. born
The last bareknuckle fight for the heavyweight boxing championship took place in Mississippi City. John L. Sullivan punched KO'd Paddy Ryan in round nine.
Pianist, bandleader and writer of 1,000 songs, James Herbert "Eubie" Blake in Baltimore, Maryland. "Eubie" died five days after his 100th birthday. born
American novelist and social critic Sinclair Lewis was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, the first awarded to an American. born
Fires rage at the Baku oil fields in Russia.
A fire began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings.
Congress grants statehood to Oklahoma. New Mexico and Arizona are the only remaining territories.
Olympic Gold medal swimmer & actor Buster (Clarence) Crabbe (Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Billy the Kid) born
The Swiss national council votes to begin importing U.S. meat.
Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
Hindenburg moves on Russians at Masurian Lakes.
The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.
The new German President Ebert, denounces the terms of the armistice.
Actor Eddie Bracken (National Lampoon's Vacation, Tales from the Darkside) born
Country singer Wilma Lee (Leary) Cooper born
Marie Curie is elected to the Academy of Sciences.
Reader's Digest was first published. DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of their magazine for sale for the first time.
Actor Keefe Brasselle born
The U.S. signs an arbitration treaty with France.
Amelia Earhart weds George Putnam in Connecticut.
The American opera, "Peter Ibbetson", by Deems Taylor premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Author Gay Talese (The Kingdom and the Power, Unto the Sons) born
Blues singer-musician Earl King born
President Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president.
The government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year.
Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records in Los Angeles.
During World War Two, the Germans launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.
Helsinki is twice bombed by waves of Soviet planes.
Football player Jeff Van Note born
Rock musician Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) born
General Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff and was succeeded by General Omar Bradley.
Hoover Commission recommends the removal of Postal Department from government control.
Rock musician Alan Lancaster (Status Quo) born
The U.S. recognizes Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not the radical Ho Chi Minh who was recognized by the Soviets.
American skier Marilyn Cochran (First American to win a World Cup title: 1969 giant slalom champion; bronze medalist at 1970 World Championships) born
Baseball pitcher Burt Hooten born
Actor Miguel Ferrer (Twin Peaks, Stephen King's The Stand, Point born
Former football kicker Rolf Benirschke born
Reggae musician Brian Travers (UB40) born
Rock musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) born
Country singer Garth Brooks (Friends in Low Places) born
Actor James Spader (Crash, Wolf, Stargate, True Colors, sex,lies and videotape, Wall Street, Mannequin, Endless Love, The Family Tree) born
The "Mona Lisa" is unveiled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. They are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival.
U.S. jets hit Don Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
Actor-comedian Chris Rock born
North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Langvei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.
Women in Switzerland won the right to vote.
The island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain.
Barry Whites Love Unlimited Orchestra received a gold record for the disco hit, "Loves Theme."
Ethiopia mounts a counter attack against Somalia.
Actor Ashton Kutcher ("That 70's Show") born
Iran opens invasion in the southeast of Iraq.
President Ronald Reagan fired Environmental Protection Agency official Rita M. Lavelle after she refused a request from EPA administrator Anne M. Gorsuch that she resign.
Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless the Second and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk.
President Reagan announced he had ordered U.S. Marines in Lebanon to move to ships offshore.
A 12-year-old boy publicly identified only as "David," born without immunity to disease, touched his mother for the first time after he was removed from a germ-free "bubble" at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Actress Tina Majorino ("Corinna, Corinna") born
A court in Torun, Poland, found four security officers guilty of the murder of pro-Solidarity priest Jerzy Popieluszko, and handed out prison sentences ranging up to 25 years.
"New York, New York" became the official anthem of the Big Apple.
The Philippines held a presidential election marred by charges of fraud against the incumbent, Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of his family's rule.
The crew of the Stars and Stripes, skippered by Dennis Conner, brought the America's Cup back to the United States to the cheers of about 60,000 people in San Diego.
Leslie Manigat was sworn in as Haiti's president (however, he was removed from power the following June).
Bowing to public outrage, both houses of Congress voted to kill their scheduled 51-percent pay increase.
The Soviet Union's Communist Party agreed to let alternative political parties compete for control of the country, thereby giving up its monopoly on power.
An 811-foot tanker, the American Trader, spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of Alaskan crude oil off the coast of Huntington Beach, California.
Defense secretary Dick Cheney and Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left for a visit to the Gulf War zone.
The Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and French President Francois Mitterrand signed a cooperation treaty in Paris.
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown acknowledged on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he'd failed to pay Social Security taxes for a domestic worker over a number of years.
President Clinton sent Congress his $1.5 trillion budget plan, declaring cuts in hundreds of programs would achieve a deficit-reduction record unequaled since President Truman's administration.
Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan, after two years as a fugitive.
Ten years to the day after the collapse of the Duvalier family dictatorship, Rene Preval became Haiti's second freely elected president.
During a Central America tour, Pope John Paul II received a warm welcome in Nicaragua, his first there since 1983.
The Air Force suspended all its flights in restricted training areas on the East Coast after a pair of close calls between National Guard jets and civilian airliners.
Mindful of Boris Yeltsin's ailments, President Clinton agreed to shift their March summit meeting from the United States to Helsinki, Finland.
It was announced that Carl Wilson, a founding member of The Beach Boys, had died in Los Angeles from complications of lung cancer; he was 51.
The Winter Olympic Games opened in Nagano, Japan.
NASA launched the Stardust spacecraft on a mission to chase a comet in hopes of collecting a sample of comet dust.
Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.
With an astonishing comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Tiger Woods gained his sixth straight PGA Tour victory, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six in a row.
The Web site Yahoo! came under a "denial of service" attack by Internet vandals who overwhelmed the site with junk messages that blocked legitimate users from gaining access.
Yugoslav Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic was gunned down in a Belgrade restaurant and died later in a hospital.
Magician Doug Henning died in Los Angeles at age 52.
Thaksin Shinawatra leads party to stunning victory in Thailand
Inquiry to be held into Australian immigration detention of Australian woman
Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Bucharest for the first time
Brazilian Carnival season is opened
Sibiu International Airport to be modernised
American Indian Movement protests against Professor Ward Churchill
List of Communist spies leaks on the internet
Pirates killed 30 sailors in 2004
Shi'a leaders call for religious state
EasyJet passenger figures rise almost 24%
Cocaine smugglers robbed while fleeing authorities in Honduras
Ellen Macarthur sets round the world solo sailing record
Norway-led peacekeeper base attacked in Afghanistan
Mother seals fight gallantly for their pups
Iran demands that IAEA end surveillance of its nuclear program
U.S. expels Venezuelan diplomat
Journals tackle scientific fraud
Outrage in Mexico after Sheraton Hotel evicts Cuban officials
9/11 conspirator Moussaoui ejected from court
Danish mission in Beirut set ablaze
Six year old suspended for sexual harassment
New South Wales set to adopt harsher anti-cannabis laws
Hamshahri newspaper plans cartoon response
BHP Mine remains closed during death probe
Halton MP Garth Turner joins the Liberal Party of Canada
Celtics lose, extend streak
Mitt Romney to announce presidential campaign
Big Brother star meets Tony Blair
Hamas, Fatah leaders begin talks to end clashes
Wal-Mart to face court trial
US army admits to private security contract in Iraq
'Top Model' winner CariDee English on her modeling career and her battle with psoriasis
Kenyan humanitarian crisis deepens as talks continue
UN Secretary-General expresses concern about crises in Chad, Kenya, Sudan
Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on mission STS-122
Turkish ship on fire off Croatia
Mitt Romney suspends his United States presidential campaign, McCain and Huckabee remain fighting for GOP nomination
Concern as Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 pilot arrested and charged
White House defends CIA's use of 'waterboarding' interrogation technique
Microsoft Flight Simulator series grounded after layoffs
Kyrgyzstan announces decision to close US base
14 killed by bushfires in Australia
UN halts aid to Gaza after tons of food aid is seized
Southern Gaza hit by new Israeli air strikes
Former mayor receives two year sentence for underwear theft in Lancashire, England
Seven civilians killed in Afghan police mistake
Major snowstorm sweeps across Eastern US
Santorum neologism gains prominence during US election cycle
Same-sex marriage in the UK passes second reading in Commons