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1066 Harald was crowned King of England.
1099 Henry V was crowned King of Germany.
1205 Philip of Swabia became King of the Romans.
1322 Stephen Uros III became King of Serbia.
1367 King Richard II of England was born.
1449 Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI was crowned at Mistra.
1453 Emperor Frederik III became Archduke of Austria.
1494 The first Mass in the New World was celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.
1579 The Union of Atrecht was signed.
1605 El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Portugal.
1649 The English Rump Parliament voted to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes."
1690 Joseph I became King of the Romans.
1745 Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, co-inventor of the first aircraft to carry humans into the sky, was born.
1759 George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis.
1773 Massachusetts slaves petitioned the legislature for freedom.
1784 Turkey and Russia signed a treaty in Constantinople.
1811 U. S. Senator Charles Sumner was born.
1822 Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann was born.
1832 The New England Anti-Slavery
Society was organized in Boston, Massachusetts.
1838 Composer Max Bruch was born.
1852 Louis Braille, developer of the Braille System of writing and reading for the blind, died.
1853 U. S. President-elect Franklin Pierce and his family were involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts.
1857 A patent for reducing zinc ore was granted to Samuel Wetherill.
1861 Florida troops seized the Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.
1873 The U. S. Congress began investigating the Crédit Mobilier scandal.
1878 Poet and historian Carl Sandburg was born.
1880 Actor Tom Mix was born.
1884 Gregor Mendel, discoverer of the basic laws of heredity, died.
1893 The Washington National Cathedral was chartered by Congress.
1896 Cecil Rhodes resigned as Premier of Cape Colony.
1898 The first ever telephone message from a submerged submarine was made by Simon Lake.
1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school.
1911 Comedian Joey Adams was born.
1912 New Mexico was admitted as the 47th
1914 The stock brokerage firm of
Merrill Lynch was founded.
1919 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, died.
1920 Religious leader Sun Myung Moon was born.
1921 The Iraqi Army was formed.
1924 Musician Earl Scruggs was born.
1925 Automobile designer John DeLorean was born.
1929 Mother Theresa arrived in
Calcutta to begin her work amongst India's poor and
1930 The first diesel engine
automobile trip was completed, in a Packard sedan.
1936 Barbara Hanley became Canada's first woman mayor, of Webbwood, Ontario
1939 The daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuted.
1940 Musician Van McCoy was born.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt's gave his "4 Freedoms" (freedom of speech and worship, and from want and fear) State of Union address.
1942 Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world (aboard its "Pacific Clipper").
1944 Actress Bonnie Franklin was
1946 Vietnam held its first ever
1948 The film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was released.
1949 Film director Victor Fleming died.
1953 The first Asian Socialist
Conference opened in Burma.
1955 Actor Rowan Atkinson was born.
1957 Golfer Nancy Lopez was born.
1960 Football player Howie Long was born.
1963 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," starring Marlin Perkins, premiered on NBC-TV.
1964 The Rolling Stones embarked on their first tour as a headline act, with the Ronettes.
1967 The last new episode of
"The Milton Berle Show" aired on ABC-TV.
1968 Dr N. E. Shumway performed the first U. S. adult cardiac transplant operation.
1970 Game show host Julie Chen was born.
1973 "Schoolhouse Rock" premiered on ABC-TV, with Multiplication Rock.
1974 "CBS Mystery Theater" premiered on radio.
1975 "Wheel of Fortune"
premiered on NBC-TV.
1976 Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves.
1978 The United States formally returned St. Stephen's Crown to Hungary.
1990 The New York Lotto paid $35
million to one winner.
1992 Zviad Gamskahurdia, the President of Georgia, fled the country after a military coup.
1993 Indian Border Security Forces
killed 55 Kashmiri civilians in Sopore, Jammu, and
1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard.
1998 Barry Switzer resigned as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
2006 Singer Lou Rawls died.
2012 A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in Damascus, Syria, killing 26 persons and wounding 63.
2013 The National Hockey League reached an agreement with players to end a 113-day lockout.
2016 Actor Pat Harrington died.
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