St. Felix begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
Coronation of Conrad III, King of Germany
Printing of the Gutenberg Bible
Columbus leaves Lisbon, Portugal
Coronation of Charles of Hapsburg as King of Spain
The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurs.
Michael I becomes Czar of Russia
Innocent XII, Roman Catholic Pope born
John Bull, English musician, dies at about 66
Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard
Rhode Island becomes a separate colony
Handel won his first non-assistant musical post when he became chief organist of the Domkirche in Halle, the town of his birth.
English chemist Joseph Priestly, the discoverer of oxygen born
Charles Earl Grey, British Prime Minister born
The 7th planet from the sun, Georgium Sidus, later known as Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel. He first thought it to be a comet.
Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.
Abigail Powers Fillmore, First Lady born
Mendelssohn completed his "Italian" Symphony, commissioned by the London Philharmonic.
The New York Lantern publishes the first cartoon showing the character "Uncle Sam," based on a real U.S. officer who served in the war of 1812, Samuel Wilson.
Astronomer Percival Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He initiated the search that resulted in the discovery of the planet Pluto and predicted the existence of this planet 14 years before it was discovered. born
The Confederate Congress under President Jefferson Davis signed a bill allowing slaves to join the army in exchange for freedom.
The U.S. Senate began impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson on charges of "high crime and misdemeanors." He was acquitted by one vote.
Chester Greenwood of Farmington, ME patented the earmuff on this day.
The first collegiate golf match was played as Oxford defeated Cambridge.
Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States.
Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, died in Indianapolis. He was the only president to succeed and be succeeded by the same man - Grover Cleveland.
American suffragist Susan B. Anthony died in Rochester, New York.
Publisher, philanthropist and art collector Walter H. Annenberg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served as U.S. ambassador to Britain from 1969 to 1974.
Sammy Kaye (bandleader Young, "A" - You're Adorable, Harbor Lights) born
The Supreme Court approves the corporate tax law.
CIA Director William Casey born
A great improvement in radio receivers was advertised on this day. The new models had a concealed speaker and eliminated the need for headphones, which were considered a nuisance because they were so heavy to wear and messed up women's hairdos.
A law went into effect in Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of evolution.
400 people die in California after the St. Francis Dam burst.
Helen "Callaghan" Candaele St. Aubin, known as the "Ted Williams of women's baseball," was born. She was recruited for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which flourished in the 1940's when many major league players were in WWII.
Country singer Jan Howard born
The announcement of the discovery of the 9th planet in our solar system, Pluto, was made. It was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh.
Country singer Liz Anderson born
Opera singer Rosalind Elias born
Songwriter Mike Stoller born
Banks began to re-open after a "holiday" declared by President Roosevelt.
Three-thousand-year-old archives are found in Jerusalem confirming biblical history.
Famed attorney Clarence S. Darrow died.
Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka born
Hitler issues an edict calling for an invasion of the U.S.S.R.
Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army
Bing Crosby and Mary Martin were heard having a bit of fun as they joined together to record "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" for Decca Records.
Peru declares war on Germany.
Foreign-made films showed up in the Oscar nominations this day, bringing an end to Hollywood's then exclusive rights to the coveted awards.
The Lerner and Ooewe musical "Brigadoon" opened on Broadway. The show ran for 581 performances and was later staged in London (1949).
"The Best Years of Our Lives" won the Academy Award for best picture; Oscars also went to its director, William Wyler, lead actor Fredric March and supporting actor Harold Russell; Olivia De Havilland won best actress for "To Each His Own"; Anne Baxter won best supporting actress for "The Razor's Edge."
Singer (Sha Na Na) Donald York born
Actor William H. Macy born
The comic strip, "Dennis the Menace" appeared for the first time in 18 newspapers across the country.
Israel demands $1.5 billion in German reparations for the cost of caring for war refugees.
Actor Fred Berry ("What's Happening!!") born
Actress Deborah Raffin born
Actress Glenne Headly born
The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa on bribery charges.
Rock musician Adam Clayton (U2) born
Jazz musician Terence Blanchard born
In a notorious case, 38 residents of a Queens, New York neighborhood failed to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she was being stabbed to death.
Actor Christopher Collett born
The "Apollo Nine" astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.
Digital Equipment Corp introduces the PDP-11 minicomputer.
Actress Annabeth Gish born
Rapper Khujo (Goodie Mob) born
Oil-producing Arab countries agreed to lift their five-month embargo on petroleum sales to the U.S. During the embargo, gasoline prices rose 300 percent and a ban was imposed on Sunday gasoline sales.
The U.S. Senate votes 54-33 to restore the death penalty.
Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down.
A jury in Winamac, Indiana, found Ford Motor Co. innocent of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women riding in a Ford Pinto.
The Larry King Live show premieres on CNN.
Chernenko is buried near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow.
The president of Ecuador announced his country had suspended payments on its foreign debt after earthquakes killed hundreds of people and ruptured the country's main oil pipeline.
John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering.
Yielding to student protests, the board of trustees of Gallaudet University in Washington DC, a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired, chose I. King Jordan to become the school's first deaf president, replacing Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing woman.
The US Food and Drug Administration began a quarantine of all fruit imported from Chile after traces of cyanide were found in two Chilean grapes.
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a five-day mission.
The Soviet Congress of People's Deputies approved Mikhail S. Gorbachev's proposals for a multiparty political system headed by a powerful president.
President Bush lifted trade sanctions against Nicaragua in a show of support for President-elect Violeta Chamorro.
A week after Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar resigned, India's president dismissed parliament and called for national elections in May.
Exxon Corporation agreed to pay a $100 million criminal fine and more than $900 million in civil damages in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. However, the deal fell apart when the Alaska House rejected it.
President Bush, during a visit to Ottawa, Canada, warned Iran against seizing Iraqi territory in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War.
The U.S. House of Representatives, trying to weather a politically embarrassing firestorm, voted unanimously to publicly identify 355 current and former members who had overdrawn their accounts at the House bank.
Pravda, the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party founded in 1912 by Lenin, ceased publication due to lack of funds.
The Russian Congress adjourned after a session that seriously weakened President Boris Yeltsin's power.
A deadly blizzard paralyzed much of the Eastern Seaboard, leaving more than a hundred dead in its wake.
A South African diplomat took over as leader of Bophuthatswana as the black homeland's president, Lucas Mangope, was deposed.
The Israeli Cabinet outlawed two Jewish extremist groups, Kach and Kahane Lives, branding them terrorist organizations.
Two Americans working for U.S. defense contractors in Kuwait, David Daliberti and William Barloon, were seized by Iraq after crossing the border; sentenced to 8 years in prison, both were freed the following July.
World leaders, including President Clinton, held a summit in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, where they vowed unequivocal support for the Mideast peace process.
A gunman burst into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opened fire on a class of kindergartners, killing 16 children and one teacher before killing himself.
In a southern Egyptian village, four masked militants shot and killed 14 people before escaping.
A Jordanian soldier fired on Israeli junior high school girls on a field trip, killing seven of them. (The soldier, Corporal Ahmed Daqamseh, was later sentenced by a military court to life in prison.)
A survey by the Natural Resources Defense Council announced that four out of five nuclear storage sites worldwide have been closed since the end of the Cold War and the number of bombs had shrunk by nearly half. A survey by the Washington-based group estimated the five declared nuclear powers deployed about 36,000 nuclear weapons at the end of 1997, down from nearly 70,000 in the mid-1980s.
Sergeant Major Gene McKinney, once the Army's top enlisted man, was acquitted at his court-martial of pressuring military women for sex, but was convicted of trying to persuade his chief accuser to lie.
US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II (Democrat, Massachusetts) announced he would not seek a seventh term.
Evander Holyfield, the WBA and IBF champion, and Lennox Lewis, the WBC champion, kept their respective titles after fighting to a controversial draw in New York.
Serb government forces destroyed more than 25 homes of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, apparently in retaliation for the killing of Serb civilians.
Playwright Garson Kanin died in New York at age 86.
A quarter century after the end of the Vietnam War, US Defense Secretary William Cohen arrived in Hanoi to push the pace of reconciliation. _____________________________________________________________
Suspect in Georgia courtroom slayings caught
Bright object falls from sky over northwest United States
Gay play about Jesus Christ in Brazil
GAA:Dublin too strong for Westmeath
Bin Laden banished from Islam in Iberia
Pope John Paul II leaves hospital
Syria affirms withdrawal intentions
France beat Ireland in RBS Six Nations
Manuel Zelaya sworn in as President of Honduras
"Massive" oil spill in Alaska
U.S. found in violation of Native Americans rights
Google launches Google Mars
Chinese government approved Nanjing purchase of MG Rover
Thousands of Thai protesters prepare to march on Government House
Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Australia for 15th visit
800 British troops being pulled out of Iraq
18 Motorcyclists killed during Bike Week
U.S. Senate debates raising national debt ceiling
Chicago requires blind students to take driver's education
186,000 cases of chikungunya in RÃ©union
Mad Cow disease confirmed in U.S.
Russia: Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant to be delayed
French politicians distance themselves from Chirac
Controversial blog relaunched in New Zealand
Protests in Pakistan as Chief Justice appears before judges' panel
'Virtual Iraq' created to help traumatised veterans
Cricket World Cup: West Indies vs Pakistan
NHL: Penguins to remain in Pittsburgh
Five Europeans are released in Ethiopia
Sub-prime lenders send jitters through global markets
Saturn's moon Enceladus may host "internal life"
Viacom sues YouTube, Google, for more than 1 billion dollars
Assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian to run for US Congress
H5N1 Avian Flu virus has mutated, study says
Australian Senator arrives at Parliament dressed as a beer bottle
Couple assaulted, one killed in 'goth clothing' prompted attack
Atlas V successfully launches spy satellite
Man breaches security at London's Heathrow Airport
Church of Scientology denied injunction against Anonymous
German actor Erwin Geschonneck dies at 101
National Hockey League news: March 13, 2008
Tour de Taiwan Stage 4: Intensive circulation at Taichung City
Australian health workers to close intensive care units in Victoria next week
TaiSPO & Taipei Cycle: A reunion with more opportunities
Canadian jail inmates used nail clippers to escape, report finds
Billionaire philanthropist Leonore Annenberg dies at 91
Egyptian treasures found in ancient tomb
"Mrs. Hockey" Colleen Howe is laid to rest
US stock markets have their best week since November
Obama administration drops use of term "enemy combatant"
Canadian helicopter with 18 onboard crashes into Atlantic Ocean
US appeals court rejects bid from expelled New York Senator convicted of assault
Whaling activist arrested by Japan
Magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Chile as president is sworn in
Kidnapped Spanish aid worker is released
Fearing protests, Israel seals off West Bank
Pakistan Navy fires test missiles
Illinois House lessens penalty for sexting
Agency: New York City taxi cab drivers overcharged riders by $8.3 million
Airplane in Nigeria crashes during mock rescue exercise
Cuba releases leading dissident from prison
Burger King CEO insults British women during speech to students
Libyan government forces capture eastern town from rebels
Domestic economic impacts likely after Japanese earthquake
US State department official resigns after Wikileaks comments
Researchers identify genetic link to peanut allergies
Al Jazeera cameraman killed in eastern Libya
Israel to build new settlements in West Bank
Japanese tsunami impacts California coastal town
Japan facing 'most severe crisis since World War II', says prime minister
IPad 2 goes on sale in United States
New York tour bus crash kills 14
Death toll rises from Japan quake
Four dead after Yemen police fire on protesters
Cuba sentences USAID worker to fifteen-year prison term
Imam dead in Shia mosque attack in Belgium
Toilet paper running thin in New Jersey capital