Martyrdom of St. Fabian, Pope
Death of St. Euthymius the Great
Death of Theophilus, Emperor of Byzantium
Death of Renaud de Vichiers, 19th Master of the Templars
1st English Parliament called into session by the Earl of Leicester, Simon de Montfort
Wladislaw I, also known as Wladislaw the Short, was crowned king of Poland. In defeating the Knights of the Teutonic Order, he created strong foundations for one Polish nation.
Death of John II, King of Aragon
An office is established in Spain to supervise trade with the New World, and to monitor Columbus' expenses
Death of Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor
Portuguese defeated by the English off Swally, India
British king Charles I was brought before a high court of justice at Westminster Hall on charges of treason following the civil war against parliamentarian forces.
Charles III, King of Spain. born
The British settlement of Australia began
John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.
Anne Clough, promoter of higher education. born
Chile defeated a confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.
The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. (It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.)
Composer Ernest Chausson born
Josef Hofmann. This keyboard prodigy would make musical history at the age of 11 when he would become the first pianist to be recorded on grammophone. born
The roller coaster was patented by L.A. Thompson of Coney Island, NY. His coaster was 450 feet long with the highest drop being 30 feet.
The US Senate approved an agreement to lease Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as a naval base.
American blues singer Leadbelly (Huddie William Ledbetter) born
The first officially recognized basketball game was played at the YMCA gym in Springfield, Mass. The game was invented by Dr. James Naismith.
Harold Gray, creator of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" born
Composer Walter Piston was born in Rockland, Maine born
Comedian George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum) in New York City. born
The Russian composer Alexander Tcherepnin born
Troops are mobilized in Russia to protect St. Petersburg from a brewing revolt.
The Sullivan ordinance bars women from smoking in public facilities.
A London arms factory explodes killing 80.
Actor Lawrence Dobkin born
Italian film director Federico Fellini born
Actor DeForest Kelley ( Star Trek series, Apache Uprising, The Law and Jake Wade, Gunfight at O.K. Corral, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Fear in the Night) born
Country singer Slim Whitman born
Actress Patricia Neal born
Former astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon born
Charles Lindbergh arrives in NY, setting a cross country flying record of 14.75 hours.
New York bankers lend New York City $350 million.
Pop singer Ron Townson (The Fifth Dimension) born
Comedian Arte Johnson born
Britain's King George the Fifth died; he was succeeded by Edward the Eighth.
Actress Dorothy Provine born
Hitler meets with Mussolini and offers aid in Albania and Greece.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for a third term.
Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe's Jews.
Germany and Japan sign a trade accord to exchange military supplies.
Movie director David Lynch born
President Truman creates the Central Intelligence Group.
Charles DeGaulle hands in his resignation.
Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) born
Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) born
Over 22,000 anti-Communist prisoners are turned over to the UN forces in Korea.
Elvis Presley got a little U.S. Mail this day with greetings from Uncle Sam. The draft board in Memphis, TN ordered The King to report for duty; but allowed a 60-day deferment for him to finish the film King Creole.
President John F. Kennedy is sworn in at the Capitol and gives his inaugural address; "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"
A big day in U.S. record stores this day as the first album by The Beatles was released. The LP, Meet the Beatles, became a huge success -- and was #1 on the charts by February 15, 1964.
Country singer John Michael Montgomery born
Alan Freed, the `Father of Rock 'n' Roll', died in Palm Springs, California.
Actress Stacey Dash ("Clueless") born
TV personality Melissa Rivers born
Actor Skeet Ulrich - Touch(1997), Scream(1996), Last Dance, The Craft, Boys. born
Jerry Lee Lewis debuted at the Grand Ole Opry. He played ``Great Balls of Fire'' and other rock tunes over the objections of Opry officials.
President Jimmy Carter is sworn in and then surprises everyone as he walks home to the White House.
Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalized after biting the head off a bat someone had thrown on stage during a concert. After undergoing rabies shots, the rocker said he thought the bat was plastic.
Britain and France announced plans to build the Channel Tunnel.
The United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.
Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite disappeared in Beirut, Lebanon, while attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages (he was finally freed in November 1991).
An Arizona House committee opened hearings on the possible impeachment of Governor Evan Mecham
George Bush was sworn in as the 41st president of the United States; Dan Quayle was sworn in as vice president.
Soviet troops stormed the capital of the republic of Azerbaijan, the scene of ethnic unrest, leaving dozens dead and wounded.
The space shuttle "Columbia" returned from an eleven-day mission. Actress Barbara Stanwyck died in Santa Monica, California, at age 82.
In Latvia, "black beret" commandos of the Soviet Interior Ministry attacked the republic's Interior Ministry headquarters, killing five people.
During the Gulf War, Iraqi missiles were shot down by U.S. Patriot rockets as they approached Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Seven men identified as allied airmen captured during the Persian Gulf War were put on Iraqi television in Baghdad.
A French Airbus A-320 crashed near Strasbourg, killing 87 people.
Actress Audrey Hepburn died in Switzerland at age 63.
President Clinton picked up a saxophone and jammed at five of the 12 inaugural balls he and his wife, Hillary, attended.
The quartet star Robert Mann composed two pieces which were performed in New York. Mann himself performed the works in the middle of a concert bracketed by Bach, Bartok and Brahms.
Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States; Al Gore was sworn in as vice president.
The Senate confirmed Lloyd Bentsen as treasury secretary, Les Aspin as defense secretary and Warren Christopher as secretary of state.
Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina. (Faulkner joined the cadet corps in August 1995 under court order but soon dropped out, citing isolation and stress from the legal battle.)
Robert B. Fiske Junior was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate President and Mrs. Clinton's Arkansas land deals.
The United States announced it was easing the trade embargo in effect against North Korea since the Korean War.
The Japanese government, criticized for being slow to respond to Kobe's devastating earthquake, admitted its initial reaction might have been "confused."
A strike-shortened National Hockey League season opened, with teams playing a 48-game schedule instead of the usual 84.
The space shuttle Endeavour landed after a nine-day mission that included snaring a Japanese satellite.
Palestinians voted for the first time in elections that consolidated PLO chief Yasser Arafat's rule of the West Bank and Gaza under a peace deal with Israel. He became the first democratically-elected leader of the Palestinian people with 88.1 percent of the vote.
President Clinton and Vice President Gore were sworn in for second terms of office. his inaugural address, Clinton called for an end to "the politics of petty bickering and extreme partisanship."
A jury was selected in Amarillo, Texas, to hear a multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed by Texas cattlemen against talk show host Oprah Winfery over comments made on her program concerning beef safety.
For a second day, President Clinton's legal team argued its case before the Senate, saying that House-passed articles of impeachment (while true) were "flawed and unfair."
The Clinton administration issued visas to the grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez, enabling them to visit the United States to make their case for the 6-year-old's return to Cuba.
Census 2000 officially got under way as Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt knocked on the door of a small wood-frame house in Unalakleet, Alaska, to begin the nationwide head count.
Brazilian President meets President of Colombia
Video details tortures by Saddamâ€™s soldiers
Russian diplomats operated string of brothels in Finland
Bucharest Metro operator to purchase more modern trainsets
Romanian artists auction off their works for tsunami victims
Music Video with More Than 100 Children's TV Characters Attacked by Anti-Gay Activists
Swedish pastor appeals hate-crime conviction for antigay sermon
Rover finds meteorite on Mars
Bush inaugurated for second term
UN proposes world-wide natural disaster warning system
JP Morgan apologizes for slavery
China Plans Next Manned Space Mission
Condoleezza Rice confirmed as next U.S. Secretary of State, pending full Senate vote
Mark Latham in fight 12 months after resigning as Australian opposition leader
Slovak transport plane crashes over Hungary
Prosecutors continue investigation as Livedoor faces possible delisting
Syria voices support of Iran's nuclear program
Theo Walcott deal goes through for Arsenal
Australian Wheat Board inquiry begins
Lancet cancer study a hoax
South African Presidency defends deputy president's holiday trip
Google refuses to hand over logs to US Department of Justice
Iran moves finances out of Europe's banks
US stocks slump as crude oil surges, gold hits 25 yr high
TWU members reject contract
Whale spotted in river Thames, Central London
Message in bottle travels from UK to Australia
Danish clothing company sells T-shirts to support FARC and PFLP
Demonstration held in support of Jill Carroll
Flaming possum blamed for New Zealand fire
Hillary Clinton forms presidential exploratory committee
13 U.S. soldiers killed in helicopter crash
Kuiper Belt object to become comet in approx. 2 million years
Lakewood Police & SWAT team end standoff with tear gas
Church group backs 'extremist' mosque
Chinese short movie mocks Kim Jong il and his secret agent
Africans keep the leading position at Mumbai Marathon
Jesuits choose Adolfo NicolÃ¡s as their new Superior General
French TV director Alain Jaubert talks about art programs in Taiwan
John McCain wins Republican South Carolina primary
Co-pilot steered stricken Heathrow jet to safety
Hackers attack Church of Scientology website
Cricket: India defeats Australia by 72 runs in third test
US Senator Ted Kennedy collapses during inaugural luncheon
Irish millionaire found dead, suicide suspected
Parajet Skycar expedition takes off from London to Timbuktu
Obama succeeds Bush as 44th president of the United States
Iraq collects victim signatures for Blackwater lawsuit
Cricket: Buderim to fill half Politicians team on Australia Day
Former rugby union commentator Bill McLaren dies at age 86
According to UN report, bribes cost Afghans US$2.5 billion per year
6.1 magnitude aftershock earthquake hits Haiti
Oxford University anti-peer-to-peer policy hits legal music service Spotify
US politician and activist Sargent Shriver dies aged 95
U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire comes out against SOPA