Mani, prophet, founder of Manichaeism, dies in a Persian prison
Death of Lothair, King of France
Murder of St. Charles the Good (the Dane)
Excommunication of Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
Bull of Pope Boniface VIII "Clericis Laicos"
Robert II king of Scots from 1371 born
George Podebrad elected King of Bohemia
Pope Adrian VI, Original name ADRIAN FLORENSZOON BOEYENS the only Dutch pope. He was elected in 1522 and was the last non-Italian pope until the election of John Paul II in 1978. born
Issuance of Letters Patent by King Richard III of England, founding the English College of Arms
Ferdinand V, King of Spain, banishes 800,000 Jews
Vasco da Gama arrives in the Sultanate of Mozambique
Pardo returns to Santa Elena, Florida, after charting a route to the Mississippi River
Sir Francis Drake sails for the West Indies as a Privateer
Dr. William Parry, English M.P., executed for alleged high treason
The Speaker of the House of Commons is forcibly kept in his chair
Charles I decides to rule without Parliament; Eliot's 3 Resolutions
Johann Sebastian Bach was promoted to Concert Master at Weimar. Bach composed his "Toccatas" and some of his other best organ music here.
Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston.
U.S. statesman Joel R(oberts) Poinsett. He was noted primarily for his diplomacy in Latin America and for introducing the poinsettia to the US. born
Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas (near Lexington, Virginia). born
Leo XIII, 256th Catholic Pope born
The greatest Hungarian epic poet Jnos Arany born
The Territory of Arkansas is organized.
Carl Schurz, political reformer and Civil War general born
Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
The Territory of Washington is organized.
Congress creates the Territory of Nevada.
Excelsior Needle Company of Wolcottville, Connecticut, began making sewing machine needles.
The first Reconstruction Act is passed by Congress.
German scholar and Lutheran church historian Hans Lietzmann. He was noted for his investigations of Christian origins. born
Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote and was just one electoral vote shy of victory.
Publisher Max Schuster born
President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants.
Congress established Mount Ranier National Park.
German-born American composer Kurt Weill born
Congress passes the Platt amendment, which limits Cuban automomy as a condition for withdrawal of U.S. troops.
American physicist Edward U(hler) Condon born
The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel featured 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women.
Author Theodore Geisel ("Dr. Suess") was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He got his pen name by adding "Dr." to his middle name. His first book was turned down by 27 publishers. born
An international conference on arms reduction opens in London.
Gabriel Lippman introduces the new three-dimensional color photography at the Academy of Sciences.
Baseball player Mel Ott born
Actor And Bandleader (Desiderio Alberto Arnez y de Acha III) Desi Arnaz born
Congress passes the Jones Act which makes Puerto Rico territory of the U.S. and makes the inhabitants U.S. citizens.
Actress (Phyllis Isley) Jennifer Jones born
Bluegrass singer-musician Doc Watson born
Time magazine made its debut. The first issue was 32 pages and featured a charcoal sketch of Congressman Joseph Gurney Cannon on the cover. The magazine was founded by Henry Luce and Briton Hadden.
Italy, Mussolini admits that women have a right to vote, but declares that the time is not right.
Sibelius more or less wrapped up his composing career when he wrote down the last double-bar on his Seventh Symphony. For the next 33 years he would compose almost nothing else.
State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker.
US Court of Customs & Patent Appeals created by US Congress.
Actor John Cullum (Ambition, Glory, Marie, The Sweet Country) born
Author D. H. Lawrence died in Vence, France.
Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev born
The motion picture "King Kong," starring Fay Wray, had its world premiere in New York at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy.
Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope. He took the name Pius XII.
The Massachusetts Legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147 years after the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution had gone into effect.
Actor Actor Jon Finch born
Former televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker born
Musician George Benson born
The World War II Battle of the Bismarck Sea began as American and Australian warplanes intercepted a Japanese convoy that was enroute to Lae, New Guinea. Most of the 16-vessel convoy was destroyed and 3,000 men killed.
The center of Berlin is bombed by the RAF. Some 900 tons of bombs are dropped in a half hour.
Singer Lou (Firbank) Reed (Walk on the Wild Side, Charley's Girl; I Love You Suzanne; appeared in Paul Simon film: One Trick Pony) born
The Academy Awards presentation moved from a banquet hall to Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Twenty-four year old Jennifer Jones won an Oscar for Best Actress in the film, "The Song of Bernadette". Jack Benny was the host that year.
MacArthur raises the U.S. flag on Corregidor in the Philippines.
Toward the close of World War II, units of the U.S. 9th Army reached the Rhine River opposite Dusseldorf, Germany.
Ho Chi Minh was elected president of North Vietnam.
Irish blues-rock guitarist, singer, and composer Rory Gallagher born
An American B-50 Superfortress, the "Lucky Lady II," landed at Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first nonstop round-the-world flight. Capt. James Gallagher completed the 23,452 mile flight in 94 hours 1 minute.
Singer Karen Carpenter (We've Only Just Begun, Top of the World, Please Mr. Postman) born
The East beat the West, 111-94, in the first National Basketball Association All-Star Game.
Actress Cassie Yates born
The U.S. Navy launches the K-1, the first modern submarine designed to hunt enemy submarines.
Actress Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live) born
The William Inge play "Bus Stop" opened at the Music Box Theater in New York.
Singer (The Cowsills) John Cowsill born
France grants independence to Morocco.
Rock musician (AC/DC) Mark Evans born
Tennis player Kevin Curren born
Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi born
Burmese army takes over Burma in a coup.
Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain scored 100 points and broke an NBA record as the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169-147. Chamberlain broke NBA marks for the most field goal attempts (63), most field goals made (36), most free throws made (28), most points in a half (59), most field goal attempts in a half (37), most field goals made in a half (22), and most field goal attempts in one quarter (21). The 316 total points scored tied an NBA record.
Lyndon B. Johnson watches as the Lockheed Galaxy, world's largest airplane, rolls off the assembly line in Georgia.
U.S. spacecraft Pioneer 10 was launched. It passed close by Jupiter and Neptune before leaving the solar system. It is now more than six billion miles from Earth.
Federal forces surround Wounded Knee, which is occupied by members of the militant American Indian Movement who are holding at least 10 hostages.
A grand jury in Washington, D.C. concludes that President Nixon was indeed involved in the Watergate cover-up.
Stevie Wonder got five Grammy Awards for his album, "Innervisions" and his hit songs, "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" and "Superstition".
The price of a first-class postage stamp was raised from 8-to-10 cents.
The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics that limited outside earnings and required detailed financial disclosures by its members.
Actress Heather McComb born
Czech pilot Vladimir Remek becomes the first non-Russian, non-American in space.
The U.S. plans to send 20 more advisors and $25 million in military aid to El Salvador.
Pope John Paul II began a visit to violence-torn Central America as he arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The first McDonald's franchise was closed in Des Plaines, Illinois. After 30 years of selling burgers, McDonald's opened a new drive-through restaurant across the street.
The government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.
Zafer Al Masri, the pro-Jordanian mayor of the city of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was slain in an attack claimed by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
President Reagan withdrew his nomination of acting CIA Director Robert M. Gates to head the spy agency in the face of possible rejection by the Senate. (The next day, the president nominated William H. Webster.)
Government officials reported that the median price for a new home had topped $100,000 for the first time. The new six-figure price: $110,700, up from $94,600.
The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to order the U.S. to submit to binding arbitration its plan to close the observer mission of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. (A federal court later stopped the US from closing the mission.)
Representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFC's (chloro-fluorocarbons) by the end of this century.
A grenade attack on a discotheque in Panama claimed the life of a U.S. soldier and injured 28 other people.
More than 6,000 drivers went on strike against Greyhound Lines, Inc. (The company, declaring an impasse in negotiations, fired the strikers.)
The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution dictating allied demands that Iraq had to meet before a formal cease-fire was declared in the Persian Gulf War.
Iraq released CBS newsman Bob Simon and his crew, held captive for nearly six weeks.
A jury was seated in Simi Valley, California, in the assault trial of four Los Angeles police officers charged with beating motorist Rodney King.
The U.N. General Assembly welcomed eight former Soviet republics and San Marino as its newest members.
Actress Sandy Dennis died in Westport, Connecticut at age 54.
The third day of a standoff between federal agents and Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, local radio stations broadcast a taped statement in which the group's leader, David Koresh, promised to surrender; however, the standoff continued.
The government of Mexico and Indian rebels reached a tentative accord on most insurgent demands for the ending the rebellion, including sweeping political reforms.
The Senate rejected the balanced-budget amendment 65 in favor, 35 against, two votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed for passage.
The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on a mission to study the far reaches of the universe.
British trader Nick Leeson, blamed for the collapse of Barings PLC, was detained in Germany.
The last U.N. peacekeepers in Somalia were evacuated.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole re-ignited his presidential campaign with an overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Republican primary.
It was revealed that Vice President Gore had raised millions of dollars for the 1996 campaign through direct telephone solicitations, and that some of the calls were made on special phones installed in government buildings for that purpose.
The UN Security Council unanimously endorsed Secretary-General Kofi Annan's deal to open Iraq's presidential palaces to arms inspectors.
A New Jersey state appeals court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America discriminated against an assistant scoutmaster when it ousted him for being gay. The Superior Court appellate panel rejected arguments by the Boy Scouts the organization was protected by a constitutional right of free association and was exempt as a private, voluntary association from anti-discrimination laws.
The Justice Department told an appeals court Monday Microsoft Corp. broke a promise and used monopoly power to force its Web browsing software on personal computer makers.
A shoving and shouting match interrupted parliamentary voting for South Korea's prime minister. Shortly after voting to confirm Kim Jong-pil as prime minister began, President Kim Dae-jung's National Congress for New Politics and its coalition partner United Liberal Democrats stopped the balloting. Amid shouting and angry exchanges, some lawmakers of Kim Jong-pil's ULD sat on the ballot box to prevent votes from being cast. Speaker Kim Soo-han adjourned the session 30 minutes after voting started because of the turmoil.
Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan launched a third presidential bid.
Texas Governor George W. Bush announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee.
Singer Dusty Springfield died at her home west of London at age 59.
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet left Britain for his homeland, hours after he was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial on charges of human rights abuses.
A federal jury in Washington convicted Maria Hsia, a friend and political supporter of former Vice President Al Gore, for arranging more than $100,000 in illegal donations during the 1996 presidential campaign. Hsia was only sentenced to three months of home confinement.
Bucharest to be 'rebranded' for 800 million euro
Ernst ZÃ¼ndel expelled from Canada
Blair rejects anti-terror bill compromise
Five dead in attack in Pakistan
Australia's Prime Minister Howard marks 10 years in power
Interview with Usenet search sites targeted by the MPAA
City Planning Board postpones decision on Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
Comedian Linda Smith dies at 48
Bus crash outside Cusco kills at least 13
Uruguay turns down Argentinaâ€™s request to halt construction of pulp mills
Kenyan TV and newspaper raided by masked police
Natural gas discovered in Chile according to President Ricardo Lagos
Corruption blamed for Papuan rainforest destruction
Officials in Mexico claim leaked Dirty War report isn't final copy
Photoessay: Fat Tuesday Easy in DC
Colombia's National Liberation Army declares ceasefire for elections
Costa Rica falls to Iran in football friendly
Mayor Ken Livingstone's suspension frozen pending appeal
Harry Browne, former US presidential candidate and best selling author, dead at age 72
Amateur sex video stirs controversy on Internet
Google.cn to move search records out of China
Bush's Katrina statement contradicted by emerging evidence
Taipei mayor Ma hopes local HIV midway home "patients out only"
Australian Greens senator Bob Brown marks 10 years in Parliament
South Africa to meet with Hamas representatives
Lille goal protests quelled again
US: Several NFL stars released from their teams
Complaints lodged, police helpless as "boobs on bikes" parade happens in New Zealand
Montreal police officer killed during drug raid
Parti QuÃ©bÃ©cois leader slams radio host on homophobia
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denies wartime responsibility for sex slaves
Downtown Beirut businesses to sue government
Sirius CEO visits congress
South African sprinter Philip Rabinowitz dies at age 104
United Nations condemns Palestinian rocket attacks and Israel's 'disproportionate' response
At least 40 killed by bombing in Pakistan
National Hockey League news: March 2, 2008
Heavy metal band TerÃ¤sbetoni to represent Finland at Eurovision 2008
Armenian President Kocharyan declares state of emergency
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cuts ties with Israel
American guru Joseph M. Juran dies at age 103
Iranian President Ahmadinejad to make landmark visit to Iraq
President of Guinea-Bissau assassinated
Broadcaster Paul Harvey dies at age 90
Iranian government bans critical media
US to reduce nuclear weapons arsenal
UK to ban Islamist group al-Shabaab
NASA scientist: Chile earthquake may have shifted Earth's axis, shortened day
Local government officials confiscate London ice cream made from human breast milk for health reasons
Scottish judge sentences Jack Frew murderer to life imprisonment