Death of St. Severinus of Noricum
Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor born
Death of Pope Clestine III
Election of Pope Innocent III
Sigsimund I elected King of Poland
Death of Catherine of Aragon
Death of King Henry VIII of England
Philibert Delorme, Renaissance architect, dies at about 55
Johannes Fabricius, Dutch astronomer who discovered sunspots born
Don Juan de Onate leaves Mexico for New Mexico with 500 colonists
Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.
Ukrainian Cossacks submit to Russian rule - Russian-Polish war follows
The first corporation, the New York Fishing Company, was charted in the United States.
Nicholas Biddle, made 2nd Bank of US 1st effective central bank. born
Educator and hymn writer Lowell Mason ("Nearer My God To Thee") born
US forces led by General Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans -- the closing engagement of the War of 1812.
James Longstreet, Confederate general in the Civil War born
A bronze statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse was unveiled in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. The statue was the work of Clark Mills.
Borax (hydrated sodium borate) was discovered by Dr. John Veatch in Tuscan Springs, California. It became a multiuse product that was popularized during the era of TV's "Death Valley Days."
Frank Nelson Doubleday, founder of Doubleday publishing house. born
Congress approved legislation that allowed blacks to vote in the District of Columbia.
Sir Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity born
The passing of Norton I, Emperor of the US, Protector of Mexico
The tabulating machine was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith.
The famous conductor Hans von Bulow was born. Von Bulow, who was also a talented pianist, became the leading exponent of Wagner's music, a devout Wagnerite even after Wagner stole his wife Cosima away from him. 19??: Tammy Spencer (Kevin Spencer Family) born
Fire caused serious damage at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
President William McKinley places Alaska under military rule.
The first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois.
Arthur Rubinstein made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
A subway linking New York's Brooklyn and Manhattan opens.
Actor and director Jose (Cintron) Ferrer (some sources say 1909) born
President Wilson outlined his 14 points for peace after World War One.
An opera was broadcasted for the first time. The BBC broadcasted "The Magic Flute" from Covent Garden.
Actor-comedian Larry Storch (F Troop) born
Actor and singer Ron Moody (Oliver Twist) born
Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, appeared in his first American concert, as he conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of his own compositions.
California ratifies the child labor amendment.
Comedian (Morton Supman) Soupy Sales (The Soupy Sales Show; fired for asking kids to "...go into mommy's purse or daddy's wallet and find all the little green pieces of paper and send them to me!") born
Hockey player Walter Hergesheimer born
Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur born
American physicist Dr. Irving Langmuir successfully measures the force of a single atom.
CBS newsman Charles Osgood born
Rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi. born
Singer Shirley Bassey (James Bond themes Diamond's Are Forever) born
Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane born
Singer Anthony Gourdine (Group Imperials: Tears on My Pillow, Hurt So Bad) born
Actress Yvette Mimieux (The Time Machine, The Most Deadly Game) born
Physicist Stephen Hawking born
Hocky player Ron Ellis born
Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) born
President Truman vows to stand by the Yalta accord on self-determination for the Balkans.
Rock singer David (Jones) Bowie born
Movie director John McTiernan ("Die Hard") born
President Dwight Eisenhower proposes stripping convicted Communists of their U.S. citizenship.
In an article appearing in "LOOK" magazine, Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from baseball.
Bobby Fisher, then age 14, won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.
Charles De Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic.
Robert Goulet made his national TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
President John F. Kennedy attends the unveiling of the Mona Lisa.
President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."
Actress Maria Pitillo ("Godzilla") born
Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) born
Dmitri Shostakovich's last symphony, the 15th, was premiered in Moscow.
Secret peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.
Carly Simon received a gold record for the single, "You're So Vain."
Ella Grasso became the governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman to become a governor of a state without a husband preceding her in the governor's chair.
Chinese premier Chou En-lai died in Beijing at age 78.
Actress Gaby Hoffman ("Now and Then") born
American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he'd undergone prostate surgery.
Kay Orr was sworn in as the first female governor of Nebraska.
For the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.
An Arizona state grand jury indicted Governor Evan Mecham and his brother, Willard, on charges of concealing a campaign loan -- both were later acquitted.
Forty-seven people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England.
Military tribunals in Romania began trying the first captured members of the country's dreaded security forces, who stood accused of resisting the revolution that toppled Nicolae Ceausescu
Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz arrived in Geneva for the first high-level talks between their countries since the Persian Gulf crisis began.
Pan American World Airways filed for bankruptcy.
President George Bush collapsed during a state dinner in Tokyo; White House officials said Bush was suffering from stomach flu.
Serb gunmen shot and killed Bosnia's deputy prime minister (Hakija Turajlic) in the presence of French peacekeepers.
At post offices across America, commemorative Elvis Presley stamps went on sale on what would have been "the king's" 58th birthday.
Tonya Harding won the US Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out following the clubbing attack on her knee. (The US Figure Skating Association later stripped Harding of the title because of her involvement in the attack.)
Russian forces in Chechnya pounded the capital of Grozny with rocket and mortar fire in an attempt to scatter Chechen fighters defending the presidential palace.
Federal employees who had been out of work for weeks while the government was shut down began returning to their jobs; however, along the East Coast, many government workers were idled by a huge blizzard that paralyzed the nation's capital.
More than 300 people were killed in Kinshasa, Zaire, when a cargo plane crashed into a market on takeoff.
Former French president Francois Mitterrand died at age 79.
The US Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow physician-assisted suicide.
The state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized with early signs of pneumonia. years.
A federal judge condemned Ramzi Ahmed Yousef as an "apostle of evil," and sentenced him to life in prison for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center explosion and a plot to bomb a dozen U.S. passenger jets. U.S. District Judge Kevin Duffy sentenced Yousef to 240 years in prison without parole for the trade center explosion and an additional life term for the airline plot. The judge imposed restrictions on Yousef that amount to solitary confinement in which only proven family members can visit him. The judge also fined Yousef $4.5 million and ordered restitution in the amount of $250 million.
At the US Figure Skating Championships in Philadelphia, Michelle Kwan received seven perfect presentation marks out of nine for her short program.
Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski tried to commit suicide just hours before stunning a packed courtroom by saying he wanted to be his own lawyer and argue he is sane. He appeared in court with a red mark on his neck and missing his undershorts, leading police to conclude he attempted to kill himself in his cell at the Sacramento County Jail. He was placed under 24-hour-a-day security surveillance.
A winter storm spread from Quebec into New England and New York. The storm splintered trees, caused flooding and leaft thousands of people without electricity. Maine Gov. Angus King declared a state of emergency so the National Guard could be called to supply shelters with generators. Emergencies were also declared for several counties in northern New York.
Scientists identified a chemical compound which explains how nicotine becomes addictive. It was announced that this discovery could help point the way to new drugs for people who want to stop smoking.
Emergency crews worked to contain an oil spill along the Louisiana coast after a tugboat struck a Chevron Corp. pipeline on January 6. The Coast Guard said 31,000 gallons of crude had spilled before the pipeline was shut down late in the day January 7.
Air traffic control over the Pacific broke down for 16 hours; officials said the outage posed no real danger.
The top two executives of Salt Lake City's Olympic organizing committee resigned amid disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.
By a unanimous vote, senators formally ratified the rules for President Clinton's impeachment trial.
During a debate in Johnston, Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley accused Al Gore of trying to scare voters by misrepresenting his health care proposal; for his part, the vice president said he had not been hiding in a Washington bunker but campaigning on "the front lines in the fight for our future."
President Bush signed the most far-reaching federal education bill in nearly four decades.
Wendy's fast food chain founder Dave Thomas died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at age 69.
First unvaccinated survivor of rabies discharged from hospital
2005/01/08 Tsunami aid donations in deductible for 2004 in the U.S. Tsunami aid donations in deductible for 2004 in the U.S.
US Navy Los Angeles-class attack submarine runs aground near Guam
Heavy lift Delta IV rocket launch problems
Woman killed in shark attack at Amity Point, Australia
Truckies could foot the bill for NSW Pacific Highway upgrade
"Hyperspace drive" paper gains interest, AIAA award
Representative Tom DeLay not seeking future Majority Leader position
White House, Kerry criticizes comments made by televangelist Pat Robertson
Birmingham Central Mosque is set on fire
Nick Smith responds to claims he is New Zealand's worst behaved politician
Subway train derails in Washington, D.C.
Natural gas odor permeates New York and Jersey Cities
Accusations Tigger threw punch fill airwaves as teen claims neck injuries
Sextuplets born in Vancouver, Canada
Austrian students protest new government's student fees plan
Scorpion found on flight to Toronto, Canada
North American roads suffer from dramatic thaws and freezes
Polish Archbishop resigns after spying revelations
Abbas and Olmert meet before Bush visit
Bomb explodes in Sri Lanka near Ministry of Finance
Taipei Game Show preview highlights computer industry
Alaskan plane crash survivors say cargo door swung open
A1GP New Zealand races Boeing 777
Sun begins Solar Cycle 24
Jay Walsh named Wikimedia Foundation Head of Communications
Matt Smith revealed as 11th incarnation of Doctor Who
Rockets fired into Israel from Lebanon
Washington flooded by rain and melting snow
Palestinian president pleads with UN Security Council for help in Gaza
International experts probe deadly Ebola Reston virus outbreak in Philippine pigs
Ziff Davis sells 1UP to UGO Networks/Hearst, closes Electronic Gaming Monthly
Princess Beatrice's unlocked BMW stolen
Costa Rican volcano erupts, alert issued
Alabama wins American football college title
Japanese survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings dies, aged 93
Suicide bomber kills at least eight in eastern Afghanistan
Tribal clashes in Sudan kill 139
Moroccan court sentences fourteen to jail on terror charges
Suicide bomber in southern Russia kills at least five policemen
U.N. pulls out of southern Somalia
Rocket hits US consulate in Afghanistan
UN: 30,000 people affected by flooding in Kenya
Togo footballers ambushed in Angola
US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot at Arizona supermarket
Former CIA agent indicted after leaking classified information
Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics