15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
Henry IV is crowned king of France in Chartres.
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
The poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born.
1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti.
Russian troops fired on a crowd in Warsaw that was protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five marchers were killed.
Two American chemists announce the discovery of saccharin
Author, John Steinbeck was born.
Star #46 was added to U.S. flag for Oklahoma.
The United States Supreme Court declares the Nineteenth Amendment constitutional, thereby guaranteeing women's voting rights.
Actress, Elizabeth Taylor was born.
German Reichstag building in Berlin was destroyed by fire.
Consumer advocate, Ralph Nader was born.
The Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting the President to two terms.
President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China.
Members of the American Indian Movement occupied the village of Wounded Knee, S.D.
Wife and Mother, Charity Harmless is born!
The first issue of People magazine, a weekly publication featuring entertainment and social-interest news, hits the newsstands.
Former President's daughter, Chelsea Clinton was born
Singer, Josh Groban was born.
The U.S. Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
The Exxon Corporation is indicted on five criminal charges relating to the 1989 Alaskan oil spill.
Kuwait was liberated in the Gulf War.
Divorce became legal in Ireland.
Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
With the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as a first-born son.
Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards for her debut album, ''Songs in A Minor,'' tying the record for a female artist held by Lauryn Hill and since tied by Norah Jones and Beyonce.
A design by architect Daniel Libeskind is selected to be built on the former site of the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center.
Fred Rogers, of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, died.