Death of Nerva, Roman Emperor
Death of Sts. Juventinus and Maximinus
Death of Gaiseric, King of the Vandals
Leo IV (the Khazar), Byzantine Emperor born
Consecration of Paschal I as Pope
Emperor Henry IV submits to Pope Gregory VII at Canossa
Death of Anacletus, anti-Pope
Edward III, King of England, having no further use for him, pensions off Edward Balliol, "King" of Scots
Death of Ferrante I, King of Aragon
Vasco da Gama reaches Quelimane, on the Sofala coast
Marriage of Margaret, daughter of Henry VII, King of England, to James IV, King of Scotland
England's King Henry the Eighth secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn (who later gave birth to Elizabeth the First).
Elizabeth I's first Parliament convenes
The Treaty of Utrecht was signed, marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.
Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle, a founder of modern chemistry born
Scottish poet Robert Burns born
Soapmaker and philanthropist William Colgate born
Shays's Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Captain Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts.
Rossini's version of "Cinderella" premiered in Rome.
Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was presented for the first time, as the daughter of Queen Victoria married the Crown Prince of Prussia.
Charles Curtis, 31st U.S. Vice President. born
Novelist, poet William Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge) born
A Turkish steamer became the first ship to be sunk by a torpedo, fired from a Russian boat.
Novelist Virginia Woolf born
Nellie Bly, a young New York reporter, completed a trip around the world in the astounding time of 72 days, six hours and 11 minutes.
The United Mine Workers of America was founded.
Russia abolishes the death penalty.
Two-hundred coal miners are entombed in an explosion in Pennsylvania.
Five San Francisco scientists photograph the corona of the sun.
The controversial Richard Strauss opera "Elektra" was premiered in Dresden.
Composer Witold Lutoslawski (Warsaw) born
The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurated US transcontinental telephone service when Alexander Bell in New York calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
Austria and Germany reject U.S. peace proposals.
Journalist-author Edwin Newman born
The League of Nation's plan is adopted by the Allies.
Sportscaster Lou Groza born
The first Winter Olympics began at Chamonix, France.
Pianist Barbara Carroll born
Basketball Hall of Famer Dick McGuire `Tricky Dick' born
Jack Benny married Sadye Marks (Mary Livingstone).
Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze born
Members of the New York Stock Exchange ask for an additional 275 seats.
New York police rout a Communist rally at the Town Hall.
Actor Dean Jones (The Love Bug, Tea and Sympathy, Beethoven) born
The U.S.S.R. signs a non-aggression pact with Poland.
The former president of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino born
Actress Elizabeth Allen (The Paul Lynde Show, C.P.O. Sharkey, Bracken's World) born
Actress Diana (Gentner) Hyland (The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, One Man's Way, Eight is Enough, Peyton Place) born
NBC radio presented the first broadcast of "The Guiding Light". The program became the longest-running story line in daytime drama. The radio show remained until 1956. "The Guiding Light" began its long run on CBS-TV in 1952.
Blues singer Etta James (Wallflower, Good Rockin' Daddy, All I Could Do Was Cry, Tell Me Mama, I've Found a Love) born
Mary Martin recorded "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" -- for Decca Records.
Auto racer Buddy Baker (Fastest win ever in the Daytona 500 177.602mph ) born
Football Defensive end Carl Eller born
Movie director Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") born
Actress Leigh Taylor-Young (I Love You Alice B. Toklas, Soylent Green, Can't Stop the Music, Honeymoon Academy, Peyton Place, Dallas) born
Baseball pitcher Wally Bunker born
The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 48.
1st Emmy Awards are given out.
U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss was found guilty of perjury after he concealed his membership in the Communist Party.
Songwriter and musician Richard Finch (Group Sunshine Band: Blow Your Whistle, Do It Good, Queen of Hearts, Rock Your Baby, Get Down Tonight, That's the Way [I like It], Please Don't Go) born
Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock that is accurate to within one second in 300 years.
Khrushchev says that he believes that Eisenhower is sincere in his efforts to abolish war.
Actress Jenifer Lewis born
Actress Dinah Manoff (I Ought to be in Pictures, Soap, Empty Nest) born
American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707. (LA to NY for $301).
Pope John XXIII, 90 days after his election, announced his intention to hold an ecumenical church council. (The Vatican II Council officially opened October 11, 1962 and closed December 8, 1965.)
President Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.
The Beatles reached the #1 spot on the music charts, as their hit single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" grabbed the top position.
Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina Cosper (Brownstone) born
Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.
Army officers led by Idi Amin deposed Milton Obote, and he became president of Uganda.
Shirley Chisholm announces candidacy for president as Democrat.
Actress China Kantner born
Nixon airs the eight-point peace plan for Vietnam, asking for POW release in return for withdrawal.
Muriel Humphrey was appointed to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of her husband, Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota.
President Reagan endorses the development of the first U.S. permanently manned space station.
NASA postponed the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, originally planned for the next day, because of an unfavorable weather forecast.
His final State of the Union address, President Reagan declared America was "strong, prosperous, at peace," and called for approval of the INF Treaty by Congress and renewal of aid for the Nicaraguan Contras.
Vice President George Bush and Dan Rather clashed on "The CBS Evening News" as the anchorman attempted to question the Republican presidential candidate about his role in the Iran-Contra affair.
The Senate Armed Services Committee opened confirmation hearings on the nomination of John Tower to be secretary of defense.
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office.
A Colombian jetliner with little fuel left crashed in Long Island, N.Y., after missing its first approach to Kennedy Airport. 73 people were killed.
Actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67.
The Senate failed by four votes to override President Bush's veto of a statutory guarantee of asylum for Chinese students in United States.
Utah Govenor Norman Bangerter signed into law the strictest anti-abortion measure in the nation.
Military officials said Iraq had sabotaged Kuwait's main supertanker loading pier, dumping millions of gallons of crude oil into the Persian Gulf.
Missiles fired from western Iraq struck in the Tel Aviv and Haifa areas, killing one Israeli and injuring more than 40 others.
A gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside agency headquarters in Virginia (a Pakistani national, Mir Aimal Kansi, was later tried and convicted of the shootings).
President Clinton appointed his wife, Hillary, to head a committee on health-care reform.
Sears Roebuck & Co. announced it was shutting down its pioneering catalog operation.
The United States launched "Clementine One," an unmanned spacecraft that was to study the moon before it was "lost and gone forever."
Michael Jackson reached an out-of-court settlement in the civil lawsuit brought by a teenage boy who accused the performer of molesting him.
President Clinton delivered his State of the Union address in which he challenged Congress to pass comprehensive health care reforms.
A missile fired by Norway as part of a scientific research program triggered an air defense alert in Russia.
The defense gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles, saying Simpson was the victim of a "rush to judgment" by authorities who had mishandled evidence and ignored witnesses.
The Council of Europe parliamentary assembly voted to admit Russia to the 38-nation body despite fierce criticism of its military crackdown in Chechnya and its human rights record.
With Republicans bruised by two government shutdowns, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation to keep federal agencies running through March 15th, 1996.
Responding to recent cases of deadly food poisoning, President Clinton said in his weekly radio address that he would seek 43 million dollars to implement a state-of-the-art early warning system for food contamination.
As predicted astrologer Jeane Dixon died in Washington DC at age 79.
Pope John Paul the Second ended his historic journey to Cuba. The pope criticized Cuba's state education system, called for political prisoners to be "reinserted into society" and urged freedom of expression and religious freedom.
American astronaut Andrew Thomas moved from the space shuttle "Endeavour" into the Russian space station "Mir" as the relief for David Wolf.
The Denver Broncos won their first Super Bowl title in four tries, defeating the Green Bay Packers, 31-to-24. A spontaneous Super Bowl street party stared peacefuly but ended with helmeted police using tear gas to disperse revelers who were overturning cars and looting. Twenty people were arrested and 40 were injured during the celebration by an estimated 20,000 jubilant fans.
A powerful earthquake rocked Colombia, killing more than one-thousand people.
The Supreme Court ruled, five-to-four, that the 2000 census could not use statistical sampling to enhance its accuracy.
In Louisville, Kentucky, a man who'd lost his left hand received the first hand transplant in the United States.
Jury selection began in Jasper, Texas, in the trial of John William King, accused in the dragging death of James Byrd Junior.
Under government orders, the Florida relatives of Elian Gonzalez agreed to make the boy available for a meeting with his Cuban grandmothers at a neutral site.
Lesbian pro tennis player, Martina Navratilova entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Lab creates petrified wood
Google launches Video Search
Mars Rover tracks viewed from orbit
Rumsfeld Skips Munich Security Conference
City of SÃ£o Paulo celebrates 451 years of existence
Frank Hsieh named new Taiwanese premier
Don Brash at Orewa: 'Whatever happened to personal responsibility?'
FBI places limitation on public viewing of files
Academy Award Nominees Announced
Fears about Songhua settled
New report details strain on US Army
Iran accused of blocking BBC Website
Iran promises retaliation for Israeli action against nuclear facilities
Scientists discover Earth-like planet
Business jet crashes in California killing four
CIA "rendition" confirmed in Europe CIA
Two major political parties protest placards used in Armenian-Turkish journalist's funeral
Study says to clean your sponge, microwave it
Militant group 'protests' placards used in Armenian-Turkish journalist's funeral
Sex offender pretends to be 12 years old; enrolls into seventh grade
Ontario Green Party leader to run in byelection
Living fossil caught off coast of Japan
Amsterdam pet shop owner creates beer for dogs
Four killed in sectarian clashes in Beirut
New Zealand police defend decision to charge speeding policeman
"Unauthorized" Tom Cruise bio hits number one on Amazon.com, New York Times best sellers list
Oregon court lets child decide on own circumcision
International participants showcase different industry cultures at Taipei Game Show
Thomas Cecil Gray, pioneer in anesthesiology, dead at 94
Sony Computer Entertainment announce talent project to help digital content industry in Taiwan
Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada catches fire
Car bomb in Beirut kills 6, including top police investigator
President Bush, Congress agree on economic stimulus package
Toronto Maple Leafs name Fletcher interim GM
Argentina: TV channel taken off the air in Mendoza at rivalâs request
Thousands of jobs to go at Corus
Indian Premier Manmohan Singh undergoes heart bypass; Pranab Mukherjee takes charge
Hurricane-force winds kill 15 people as storm hits Europe
Former Prime Minister of Senegal Mamadou Dia dies
British newspaper makes House of Lords bribery claims
Thousands of pounds worth of damage caused to railway station and stonework in Bath, England
Explosion in Afghanistan kills British soldier
People limited to 150 friends, despite Facebook, says academic
Man caught driving 111 kph over limit in Australia
Ethiopian airliner crashes into Mediterranean Sea
Inuk hunter adrift on arctic ice floe
Shooting near mine in Indonesia wounds at least six
Three Yemeni troops killed in shooting
Haitian minister: Over 150,000 dead in capital after earthquake
US flight from Washington, DC diverted after man reportedly tries to open door
"Osama to Obama": Bin Laden addresses US President
Seven-year-old raises Â£100,000 for Haiti in sponsored bike ride
English "Lady in the Lake" killer found dead in prison cell
Ambidextrous children more likely to have problems at school, say researchers
Bomb explosion in Somaliland kills four cops
Spokesman: Saudi government donating US$50 million to Haiti
48 whales beached in New Zealand
Sam's Club to cut 11,000 jobs
Bill Gates: Full economic recovery could take years
Bomb explosions kill several people in central Baghdad
Iranian passenger flight catches fire
David Abraham appointed as new chief executive of British Channel 4
Iranian air politician blames pilot error for yesterday's jet crash
Gordon Brown: Extra troops for Afghanistan, Yemen security the focus for int'l conference
Technical problem on Airbus A400M maiden flight
US home sales fall at fastest pace on record
Woman killed in house fire in South Yorkshire, England
Chicago man pleads "not guilty" to Mumbai attack plot charges
Iraq executes "Chemical Ali"
Leaders of UK, Ireland meet for emergency justice talks
Trial begins for Canadian soldier accused of murder in battlefield killing
Final US manufacturer ceases production of lethal injection drug; executions delayed
One year on: Egyptians mark anniversary of protests that toppled Mubarak
Geoffrey Rush named Australian of the Year
UK government formally launches same-sex marriage legislation in Parliament
Syrian refugees continue to enter Jordan as situation becomes 'critical'
Mumbai 2008 attack plotter sentenced to 35 years
British 4G mobile spectrum auction underway
UK economy shrinks by 0.3% in fourth quarter of 2012
Israelis re-elect Netanyahu, centre-left rises