Death of St. Vincent of Saragossa
Death of St. Anastasius the Persian
Russian Czar Ivan III, known as Ivan the Great (not Ivan the Terrible). born
Columbus discovers St Vincent Island
Torture and execution of Brent Knipperdollinck
Execution of the Duke of Somerset
English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon born
Antoine Granvelle, Governor of the Netherlands, is recalled to Spain
Pierre Gassendi, Champtercier, Provence, scientist, philosopher born
Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain.
French physicist Andre Ampere born
Lord George Byron, romantic poet. (Manfred, Cain, Don Juan) born
"The Power of Sympathy", by Philenia (Mrs. Sarah W.) Morton, was published in Boston, MA. The book has been called the first great American novel.
D.W. Griffith, director of silent films (The Birth of a Nation) born
James Shields, who had previously served Illinois and Minnesota, began a term as a U.S. Senator from Missouri. He was the first Senator to serve three states.
Anton Bruckner began to compose the long, elegiacal slow movement of his Seventh Symphony. There has been argument from time to time over whether Bruckner meant the movement to be a funeral oration for Wagner.
The Columbia Phonograph Company was formed in Washington, DC.
Frederick Vinson, 13th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court born
Inventer of stenography Isaac Pitman died.
Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 63 years. She holds the record for longest-reigning queen in the world, and is fourth in the list of longest-reigning monarchs. She died at age 82.
"Bloody Sunday" occurred in St. Petersburg, when the Czar's troops killed 500 protesting workers.
Three submarines travel from Newport, Rhode Island to New York in record time of 17.5 hours.
U.N. Secretary-General U Thant born
Actresses (Harriette Lake) Ann Sothern (Lady Be Good, Panama Hattie, The Whales of August, The Ann Sothern Show) born
Turkey consents to the Balkan peace terms and gives up Adrianpole.
President Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without victory." (By April, however, America also was at war.)
Midwest farmers provide 15 million bushels of corn for European relief.
Pope Benedict the 15th died; he was succeeded by Pius the Eleventh.
Musician J.J. (James) Johnson (one of first to use the trombone in modern jazz) born
Former Senator Birch Bayh (Democrat, Indiana) born
Adm. Richard Byrd charts a vast area of Antarctica.
Actress (Rosetta Jacobs) Piper Laurie (The Road to Galveston, Twin Peaks, Rising Son, Children of a Lesser God, The Thorn Birds, Days of Wine and Roses, Carrie, The Hustler, Francis Goes to the Races) born
Government troops crush a Communist uprising in Northern Spain.
Actor Bill Bixby (The Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martin) born
Actor Seymour Cassel born
Singer Sam Cooke (You Send Me, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, A Change is Gonna Come) born
Author Joseph Wambaugh born
Actor Seymour Cassel (Bad Love, Indecent Proposal, Honeymoon in Vegas, Dick Tracy, Sweet Bird of Youth, Eye of the Tiger, Double Exposure, Valentino, Faces) born
Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, New Jersey.
Hockey player J.C. (Jean Claude) Tremblay born
Chef Jeff Smith ("The Frugal Gourmet") born
Actor John Hurt (Wild Bill, Rob Roy, Spaceballs, 1984, The Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express, A Man for All Seasons) born
The War Refugee Board is set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
American troops invaded Italy, landing at Anzio beach in a move to out flank German defensive positions.
Playwrite Michael Cristofer (The Witches of Eastwick, The Bonfire of the Vanities) born
KTLA, Channel 5, in Hollywood, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.
Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) born
Rock singer Steve Perry born
The Arthur Miller drama "The Crucible" opened on Broadway.
Hockey Hall-of-Famer Mike Bossy born
Suspected "Mad Bomber" George P. Metesky, accused of planting more than 30 explosive devices in the New York City area, was arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Actress Linda Blair (The Exorcist, Airport '75, A Woman Obsessed, Bail Out) born
Cleveland Indians pitcher, Bob Feller was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Actor-rap DJ Jazzy Jeff born
Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) born
The comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered on NBC TV.
Actress Olivia d'Abo born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) born
Pierre Boulez, after years of attacking the music establishment, became part of it when he was appointed music director of the BBC Symphony. Just a few months later he would win a similar appointment in New York.
The first regularly scheduled commercial flight of the Boeing 747 began in New York and ended in London some six and a-half hours later.
The Supreme Court handed down its "Roe versus Wade" decision, which legalized abortion, using a trimester approach.
Former President Johnson died at age 64.
Actor Balthazar Getty (White Squall, Where the Day Takes You, Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies) born
Soviet dissident physicist Dr. Andrei Sakharov was arrested, stripped of his honors and exiled to Gorky from Moscow.
Actress Beverley Mitchell ("7th Heaven") born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (Immature) born
A cold wave damaged 90 percent of the Florida citrus crop.
A judge in New Delhi, India, found a Sikh defendant guilty of murder and conspiracy and two other Sikhs guilty of conspiracy in the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. (Two were executed; the third had his conspiracy conviction overturned.)
Glen Tremml, 27, pedaled the ultralight aircraft Eagle over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for a human-powered flight record of 37.2 miles.
Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence at a news conference before shooting himself to death in front of horrified spectators.
Phil Donahue became the first talk show host to tape a show from inside the Soviet Union. Donahue appeared in Leningrad, Kiev and Moscow. The shows were seen by Russian TV audiences later in the year.
A federal appeals court ruled that court appointment of independent counsels to investigate alleged wrongdoing by high-ranking government officials was unconstitutional; however, the Supreme Court upheld the law the following June.
In Super Bowl 23, the San Francisco 49ers came from behind to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-to-16 in Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium.
Up to two million Azerbaijanis marched through the republic's capital to mourn people killed when Soviet troops put down a nationalist revolt.
A jury in Syracuse, New York, convicted graduate student Robert T. Morris of federal computer tampering charges for unleashing a "worm" that crippled a computer network.
Iraq fired six Scud missiles into Saudi Arabia; all were either intercepted, or fell into unpopulated areas. However, in Tel Aviv, a Scud eluded the Patriot missile defense system and struck the city, resulting in three deaths.
President Clinton resumed his search for an attorney general, following the early-morning withdrawal of nominee Zoe Baird in the face of a political firestorm over her hiring of illegal aliens.
On the 20th anniversary of the "Roe versus Wade" decision, President Clinton lifted a series of abortion restrictions imposed by his Republican predecessors.
"Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's drama about the Holocaust, won Golden Globes for best dramatic picture and best director.
Actor Telly Savalas died in Universal City, California, a day after turning 70.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, at age 104.
Two Palestinians killed 18 Israeli soldiers, a civilian and themselves in a bombing outside a military camp in central Israel.
The White House announced that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had been subpoenaed by the Whitewater special prosecutor to testify before a grand jury investigating the mysterious discovery of her law firm billing records in the White House residence.
Costas Simitis was chosen to be the new prime minister of Greece. His predecessor, Andreas Papandreou, had stepped down due to ill health.
A Los Angeles judge ordered Tupac Shakur returned to jail after ruling the rapper had violated his probation from a 1994 assault and battery conviction.
O.J. Simpson testified for the first time since the killings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman, as he gave a videotaped deposition for a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state and former Republican Senator William Cohen as defense secretary.
Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
On the first full day of his visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul the Second celebrated Mass, preaching the message, "Be not afraid."
Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department announced a partial antitrust settlement under which personal computer makers that license Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system can delete the icon for its Internet Explorer browser.
President Clinton struggled to defuse a political crisis from an explosive sex scandal allegedly involving Clinton and a former White House intern less than half his age. The allegations that Clinton carried on an extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky, 24, and tried to cover it up by asking her to lie under oath, brought his long-rumored predilection for sexual dalliance out of the distant Arkansas past and into the White House.
Orange County Judge Deb Blechman in Orlando, Florida, sentenced Jerrime Day, 20, to one year's probation Wednesday for having sex with an under-age woman. The judge made it a condition that Day get written consent from any future sex partners and file the consent forms with his probation officer. Jerrime Day, a former male stripper, appeared on television talk shows in 1996 to discuss the active sex life he pursued after finding that he had HIV.
Pope John Paul the Second arrived in Mexico on his first visit in 20 years.
Senator Robert C. Byrd (Democrat, West Virginia) abruptly called for dismissal of charges against President Clinton to "end this sad and sorry time for our country."
President Clinton called for spending $2.8 billion to protect the nation from cyber terrorism and chemical and germ warfare.
Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with US Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
Openly gay food writer Craig Claiborne died at a New York hospital at age 79.
FBI Probes Into Boston Terror Suspect Case
Security Measures Increasing In Iraq
Palestinians Fighting Terrorism
TeliaSonera Sweden introduces major improvements
Brazilian kidnapped in Iraq
Spanish government to hold ISPs responsible for web content
Mars Roverâ€™s Basketball-Shaped Discovery Stirs Controversy
Chinese Hostages Freed in Iraq
William Shatner sells kidney stone
Burns engages India on civil nuclear energy pact
Maoist, army overnight clashes leaves 20 dead in Nepal
Canadian teen faces disputed US military tribunal
'Australian Values' to be taught in NSW schools
Hillary Clinton to host live webcasts
Microsoft launches its anti-piracy campaign in the United States
Canada's Labrador and Quebec dispute their boundaries
Snow storm hits Arizona and New Mexico
New Zealander blind in one eye because of novelty lens
Pfizer to cut jobs in Michigan
Murdered journalist Hrant Dink feared for safety: brother
Disease scare in south Sudan, aid groups return
L'AbbÃ© Pierre dies at 94 in France
Australian actor Heath Ledger found dead in New York City
Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire
Fred Thompson quits U.S. Presidential race
Two thirds of Queensland flooded; "disaster zone" declared
Photo source for Barack Obama presidential campaign "HOPE" poster discovered
Explosion in Bay Area, California suburb damages cigarette store
US Senate confirms Clinton as Secretary of State
Caroline Kennedy drops bid for New York Senate seat
Six-year-old boy dies two weeks after falling through icy pond in Berkshire, England
Russian journalist beaten by police officer dies
IPCC claims about Himalayan glaciers were not based on science
Tornado touches down in Huntsville, Alabama
Storm causes Southern Californian residents to evacuate
US President Obama proposes financial reform
English policeman accused of being serial rapist
Bomb scare aboard plane caused by harmless prayer box
Police officer charged over double-death crash in Luton, UK
Chinese president Hu Jintao visits United States
Romanian father, son convicted of sex trafficking, forced prostitution in UK
Tanker crash kills two in Brevard County, Florida
UK Jobcentre call centre staff on 48-hour strike
China to run low-cost maglevs by next year
Indian MP demands arrest of writers reading banned novel at literature festival
U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina primary
Penn State student blog inaccurately reports death of Joe Paterno