Coronation of Harold II (Godwinson) as King of England
Formal Coronation of Philip IV, "the Fair," King of France
King Henry VII of Germany crowned King of the Lombards
Jean II, King of France, founds the Order of the Star
Charles IV crowned King of the Lombards
King Richard II of England born
Death of St. Andrew Corsini
A conspiracy attempts the murder of Henry IV of England and his family
Rupert crowned King of Germany
St. Joan of Arc, Domremy, French martyr born
Henry IV "The Impotent" King of Castile born
Constantine XI becomes Emperor of Byzantium
Moorish fortress Alhambra, near Grenada, surrenders to the Christians
England's King Henry the Eighth married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)
Virginia becomes 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed
The finale of Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" was performed in Leipzig.
George Washington married widow Martha Dandridge Custis.
Charles Sumner, leading anti-slavery senator. born
Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy born
Morristown, N.J., Samuel F.B. Morse and his partner, Alfred Vail, publicly demonstrated their new invention, the telegraph, for the first time.
The composer Max Bruch was born in Cologne. his twenties he became known in Britain as a rousing choral composer. 1866, he composed the first of three Violin Concertos. born
Governor of Maryland sends a message to the people of Maryland, strongly opposing Maryland's secession from the Union.
Silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix born
Samuel Rayburn, Speaker of the House (1940 - 1957) born
The first, American, women's six-day bicycle race was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Union leaders ask President Taft to investigate U.S. Steel practices.
New Mexico becomes the 47th U.S. state.
Actress (Gretchen) Loretta Young born
Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded.
The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, New York, at age 60.
Pollster Louis Harris born
Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs born
Former automaker John Z. DeLorean born
The first, diesel engine automobile trip was completed. It ran 792 miles -- from Indianapolis, IN to New York City.
Author E.L. Doctorow. born
The U.S. Supreme Court rules the Agricultural Adjustment Act unconstitutional.
The U.S. bans the shipment of arms to war-torn Spain.
Alice Marble made her professional tennis debut by defeating Ruth Hardwick of Great Britain at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to support the lend-lease plan to help supply the Allies.
The Pan American Airways "Pacific Clipper" arrived in New York after making the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.
Actress Bonnie Franklin born
George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York.
Ho Chi Minh wins North Vietnamese elections.
Britain formally recognized the communist government of China.
Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) born
A regular feature of Sunday funny papers debuted, as "Peanuts" was seen above the fold in newspapers across the country. The most successful syndicated comic strip in history, by Charles Schulz, continues to be a most popular feature worldwide.
Singer Jett Williams born
Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) born
Movie director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") born
Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinso born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) born
Rock musician Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) born
Duke Ellington's concert of sacred music, recorded at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, was broadcast on CBS-TV.
US Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation "Deckhouse Five," an offensive in the Mekong River delta.
Movie director John Singleton born
The Broadway premiere of "The Wiz" opened, receiving enthusiastic reviews. The show, a black version of "The Wizard of Oz" ran for 1,672 shows at the Majestic Theatre.
Actor Danny Pintauro ("Who's the Boss?") born
The first test-tube quadruplets, all boys, were born in Melbourne, Australia.
The 100th Congress convened with Democrats controlling both the houses of Congress.
Members of the U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to establish an 11-member panel to hold public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair.
Astronomers report sighting a new galaxy 12 billion light years away.
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze was quoted by the Afghan news agency as saying the Kremlin wanted to pull its estimated 115,000 soldiers from Afghanistan in the coming year.
The United States presented photographic evidence to the UN Security Council to justify its shootdown of two Libyan jet fighters as self-defense, evidence the Libyan ambassador said was faked.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told CNN the US invasion of Panama should not be viewed as heralding a new "Bush doctrine" under which the United States would be inclined to intervene militarily in countries where democratic elections had been subverted.
Federal regulators seized banks owned by Bank of New England Corporation in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television address, told his country to prepare for a long war against what he called "tyranny represented by the United States."
The United States joined the U.N. Security Council in condemning Israel's planned deportation of 12 Palestinians.
After two weeks of fighting, ousted Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia fled the capital, Tbilisi.
The Food and Drug Administration called on surgeons to stop using silicone gel breast implants because of safety questions, but stopped short of an outright ban.
Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris at age 54
Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood, New Jersey, at age 75.
Authorities rescued Jennifer Stolpa and her infant son, Clayton, after Mrs. Stolpa's husband, James, succeeded in reaching help following the family's eight-day ordeal in the snow-covered Nevada desert.
Joshua Bell played the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony under guest-conductor Yuri Temirkanov.
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit; four men, including Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.
President Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley, died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at age 70.
Over the protests of refugee advocates, the US military began sending Haitians housed at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba home against their will.
President Clinton, bowing to months of Republican demands, offered a seven-year balanced-budget plan using Congressional Budget Office figures.
Republican candidates kicked off the 1996 presidential campaign year by shadowboxing with absent front-runner Bob Dole at a televised debate in Columbia, South Carolina.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich met behind closed doors with Republican lawmakers, answering questions about his admitted ethics violations as he appealed for support in the speaker's election to be held the next day.
A low-cost robot explorer blasted off from Florida, headed for a year-long mission to probe the moon for minerals and water ice. Lunar Prospector, NASA's first moon shot since men last set
In a new bid to expand health insurance, President Clinton unveiled a proposal to offer Medicare coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Americans between the ages of 55 to 64. Under the plan, people aged 62 to 65 would be allowed to buy into Medicare by paying a premium of $300 per month. Once they became eligible for Medicare at the regular age of 65, they would pay a surcharge of $10 to $20 per month for every year that they had bought into the program.
The woman suing President Clinton for sexual harassment revealed that the Treasury Department is investigating whether there was any political pressure on the IRS to audit her tax returns. Lawyers for Paula Jones said the Treasury's Inspector General was probing the IRS decision to audit, which came shortly after Jones rejected an offer from White House lawyers to settle the suit out of court.
The United Nations has approved an Iraqi food distribution plan for the latest phase of its oil-for-food program, opening the way for a resumption of limited Iraqi oil sales.
Over 140 dead dolphins washed up on the coast of Venezuela's La Tortuga island in the Caribbean. Dead or dying dolphins were still arriving on the beach of the tiny island 19 miles from the mainland, but the cause was not known. An environmental group said it was unlikely to be because of man-made pollution because no other sea creatures had been affected.
The 106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert taking over as the new House speaker.
Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth the Second, would marry his longtime girlfriend, public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.
Republican presidential candidates debated in Durham, New Hampshire, with such issues as taxes and gays in the military dominating the discussion.
In Miami, demonstrators angered by the US government's decision to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba skirmished with police, with hundreds blocking intersections and cutting off access to the busy Port of Miami.
Pinochet arrested after Supreme Court ruling
DNA re-test ordered on executed Virginia man
CBS Corporation begins trading on New York Stock Exchange
Comedian Jon Stewart to host 78th Academy Awards
Ponting breaks cricket records
Singer Lou Rawls dies of cancer
Australia exports less to US despite FTA
Bill Sweetenham cleared of bullying allegations
New Zealand Maori Queen on dialysis
Televangelist Pat Robertson suggests Sharon's stroke is act of God in response to Gaza withdrawal
Two companies plea 'guilty' to Birmingham theatre stage collapse
Record-breaking 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends
Canada wins gold at IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship
Second Turk dies from bird flu, more suspected to be infected
A1GP New Zealand speeds its way into record books
Vancouver stadium dome damaged
Southeast United States hit with strong storms
Avalanche buries cars in Colorado
Meteorite falls through roof of house in New Jersey
Six die in Alaskan plane crash
Bush urges US allies in Middle East to support Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
Israel to welcome President Bush with 'open arms'
London Knights trade Steve Mason to Kitchener Rangers
Mikheil Saakashvili re-elected President of Georgia
Australian Jews condemn Israeli ground attack on Gaza
No debt yet: Iceland's President vetoes repayment of Icesave losses
Croatian ruling party expels ex-PM from membership
Explosives pass security checks in Slovakia, arrive in Ireland in failed test
Giant tuna sold for $177,000 at Japanese fish market
31 die in Mexico jail violence
Indiana Democrats block session to halt labor bill
New York firebomb suspect arraigned