239Chinese Emperor, Cao Rui, dies at age 35.
613Eight-month-old Constantine is crowned as co-Emperor (Caesar) by his father, Heraclius, at Constantinople.
826Japanese Emperor Montoku is born Michiyasu in Heian Kyo (Kyoto).
871The West Saxons, led by King Ethelred I, are defeated by the Danelaw Vikings at Basing.
1188Ferdinand II of León dies in Benavente, Portugal, while returning from a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, at age 50.
1440Ivan III Vasilyevich of Russia is born in Moscow, Grand Duchy of Moscow.
1506The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.
1517The Ottoman Empire, under Selim I, defeats the Mamluk Sultanate and captures present-day Egypt at the Battle of Ridaniya.
1521Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms.
1552Writer-poet, Walter Raleigh, is born in Hayes Barton, East Budleigh, Devon, England. He was an aristocrat, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. Raleigh was one of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era.
1555The Ava Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in what is now present-day Burma.
1561Statesman-essayist, Francis Bacon, is born in Strand, London, England. He was a philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. Bacon played a leading role in creating the British colonies, especially in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Newfoundland (off the coast of southeastern Canada). William Hepworth Dixon considered that Bacon's name could be included in the list of Founders of the United States of America. As for his esoteric beliefs, the Rosicrucian organization AMORC claims that Bacon was the "Imperator" (leader) of the Rosicrucian Order in both England and the European continent, and would have directed it during his lifetime. Bacon's influence can also be seen on a variety of religious and spiritual authors, and on groups that have utilized his writings in their own belief systems.
1572Poet, John Donne, is born in London, England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons.
1666Shah Jahan dies of strangury and dysentery in Agra Fort, Agra, India, at age 74. He was the Mughal Emperor of India and builder of the Taj Mahal.
1673Postal service between New York and Boston, Massachusetts, begins. It is the first organized postal route in America.
1689The Convention Parliament convenes to determine whether James II and VII, the last Roman Catholic monarch of England, Ireland, and Scotland, had vacated the thrones of England and Ireland when he fled to France in 1688.
1788Poet, Lord Byron, is born George Gordon Byron in London, England. He was handicapped at birth by a clubfoot and a profligate father, known as Captain Mad Jack Byron, who squandered all his wifes inherited money and fled to France. At the age of 10, young Byron escaped poverty when he was unexpectedly named the heir of his rich great-uncle William, the Fifth Baron Byron. He inherited the family estate, Newstead Abbey, attended the prestigious Harrow School, then enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a typically self-indulgent undergraduate. In 1809, he embarked on a grand tour of the Continent, where he fell in love with Greece and started work on his great poem, Childe Harolds Pilgrimage (1812-1818). The poem made him a celebrity. The last few years of his life were spent in Italy, where he wrote much of his masterpiece, Don Juan (1819-1824).
1808The Portuguese royal family arrives in Brazil, after fleeing the French army's invasion of Portugal two months earlier.
1824The Ashantis defeat British forces on the Gold Coast.
1849In the Second Anglo-Sikh War, the Siege of Multan ends after nine months, when the last Sikh defenders of Multan, Punjab, surrender.
1857The National Association of Baseball Players is founded in New York.
1858Economist, Beatrice Potter Webb, is born Martha Beatrice Potter in Standish, Gloucestershire, England. She was a sociologist, socialist, labor historian, and social reformer. It was Webb who coined the term "collective bargaining." She was among the founders of the London School of Economics, and played a crucial role in forming the Fabian Society.
1863The January Uprising breaks out in Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus. The aim of the national movement is to regain Polish-Lithuanian-Ruthenian Commonwealth from occupation by Russia.
Scoville, inventor of the Scoville scale for pepper heat, is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He devised the test and scale in 1912, while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company to measure pungency, "spiciness" or "heat," of various chili peppers.
1875Film director, D.W. Griffith, is born David Llewelyn Wark Griffith in LaGrange, Kentucky. Griffith began making short films in 1908, and released his first feature, Judith of Bethulia
, in 1913. His film The Birth of a Nation
made pioneering use of advanced camera and narrative techniques, but was extremely controversial for its negative depiction of African Americans, white unionists, the Reconstruction, and its positive portrayal of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. By the time of his final feature, The Struggle
, in 1931, he had made 500 films.
1879The British are defeated at the Battle of Isandlwana, during the Anglo-Zulu War.
1889Columbia Phonograph is founded in Washington, D.C.
1890The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1897Isaac Pitman, the inventor of stenographic shorthand, dies in Bath, England.
1899Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne, Australia, to discuss confederation.
1900Scientist, David Edward Hughes, dies in London, England, at age 68. He invented the first working radio communication system, the first semiconductor diode crystal radio receiver, the first teleprinter modem, and the first microphone.
1901Britain's Queen Victoria dies of natural causes at Osborne House in the Isle of Wight, England, at age 82. She reigned for 63 years, holding the record for the longest-reigning queen in the world. Her son, Edward VII, becomes the King of England.
1904George Balanchine, dancer, choreographer, and director, is born Giorgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. He co-founded the New York City Ballet.
1905Bloody Sunday takes place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, beginning the 1905 revolution.
1906The S.S. Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130 passengers.
1909Actress, Ann Sothern, is born Harriette Arlene Lake in Valley City, North Dakota. She is best known as the star of the 1950s sitcom, Private Secretary
. Sothern appeared in the films Kid Millions, Maisie, Words and Music, A Letter to Three Wives, The Blue Gardenia, The Best Man, Lady in a Cage, Crazy Mama, The Manitou,
and The Whales of August
. She was married to actor, Robert Sterling, and their daughter is actress, Tisha Sterling.
1909Diplomat, U Thant, is born in Pantanaw, British Burma, British India. He was the third Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971.
1912A U.S. bridge to the Florida Keys opens.
1915A train plunges off the tracks into a deep canyon in Guadalajara, Mexico, killing 600 people.
1917President Woodrow Wilson of the still-neutral United States calls for "peace without victory" in Europe.
1919Act Zluky is signed, unifying the Ukrainian People's Republic and the West Ukrainian National Republic.
1922Pope Benedict XV dies of pneumonia in Apostolic Palace, Rome, Kingdom of Italy, at age 67.
1923Actress, Diana Douglas, is born Diana Love Dill in Devonshire, Bermuda. Douglas began her career as an actress in 1942, and appeared in more than 50 films. She appeared in the films Keeper of the Flame, Lets Live Again, House of Strangers, Monsoon, Flipper, The Star Chamber, Plains, Trains and Automobiles,
and Cold Heaven
. She was married to actor, Kirk Douglas and was the mother of actor, Michael Douglas.
1924Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1927Teddy Wakelam gives the first live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury in England.
1931R&B singer, Sam Cooke, is born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is one of the most respected soul singers in music history. Over the course of his eight-year career, Cooke charted 29 Top 40 singles on the Billboard
pop singles chart. His hits include You Send Me, (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha, Only Sixteen, Wonderful World, Chain Gang, Cupid, Twistin the Night Away, Bring It on Home to Me, Having a Party,
and Another Saturday Night
. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
1932Actress, Piper Laurie, is born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan. In 1949, she signed a contract with Universal Studios, taking on her screen name. She appeared in the films Louisa, Has Anybody Seen My Gal?, The Mississippi Gambler, Johnny Dark, Until They Sail, The Hustler, Carrie, Tim, Children of a Lesser God, Storyville, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,
and The Grass Harp
1934Actor, Bill Bixby, is born Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III in San Francisco, California. His career spanned more than three decades, on stage, in films, and on television. He is best known for the roles of Tim O'Hara on the sitcom My Favorite Martian,
Tom Corbett on the series The Courtship of Eddie's Father,
and Dr. David Banner on the sci-fi series The Incredible Hulk
. His films include Irma la Douce, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Ride Beyond Vengeance, Clambake, Speedway,
and The Apple Dumpling Gang
. He was married to actress, Brenda Benet.
1934English chef and TV personality, Graham Kerr, is born in London, England, to hotelier parents. Having spent his childhood surrounded by outstanding chefs, Kerr became a trainee hotel manager at age 15. Following a stint as chief chef catering advisor with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, where his recipes were disseminated by radio and magazines, Kerr went on to his best known role, as The Galloping Gourmet. The much loved show was known for its great recipes and lighthearted humor.
1935Actor, Seymour (Joseph)
Cassel, is born in Detroit, Michigan. Cassel had an early association with filmmaker John Cassavetes, which was the start of a successful career. He appeared in the films Coogans Bluff, Minnie and Moskowitz, Opening Night, Convoy, Sunburn, Love Streams, Tin Men, Colors, Dick Tracy, White Fang, Honeymoon in Vegas, Indecent Proposal, It Could Happen To You, Rushmore,
and The Royal Tenenbaums
1937Author, Joseph Wambaugh, is born Joseph Aloysius Wambaugh, Jr. in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an American writer known for his fictional and non-fictional accounts of police work in the United States. Wambaugh was also involved with creating and developing the NBC-TV series, Police Story
, which ran from 1973 to 1978. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1960, and served 14 years, rising through the ranks from patrolman to detective sergeant. His books include The New Centurions, The Onion Field,
and The Glitter Dome
1938Author, publisher, and road manager for Elvis Presley, Joe Esposito, is born Joseph Carmine Esposito in Chicago, Illinois. He first met Presley in 1958, while serving in the military at an Army base in Friedberg, West Germany. After Elvis' death in 1977, Esposito went to work for Jerry Weintraub, becoming the road manager for Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Karen Carpenter, and John Denver.
1939The uranium atom is split for the first time at Columbia University.
1939Chef, Jeff Smith, is born in Tacoma, Washington. He was the author of several best-selling cookbooks and the host of The Frugal Gourmet
. The show ran on PBS for 14 years, for a total of 261 episodes.
1940Actor, John (Vincent)
Hurt, is born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. He appeared in the films A Man for All Seasons, 10 Rillington Place, Midnight Express, The Shout, Alien, The Elephant Man, Heaven's Gate, History of the World Part I, Partners, The Osterman Weekend, Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Field, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Rob Roy, Wild Bill, Contact, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,
and An Englishman in New York
1941British and Commonwealth troops capture Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.
1943Chinook winds cause the temperature at Spearfish, South Dakota, to rise from 4 below zero to 45 above in just two minutes, the most dramatic temperature rise in world weather records. Ninety minutes later, the temperature plunged from 54 above to 4 below zero in 27 minutes.
1944The Allies commence Operation Shingle, an assault on Anzio and Nettuno, Italy.
1946The U.S. establishes the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
1946In Iran, Qazi Muhammad declares the independent people's Republic of Mahabad at Chahar Cheragh Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. He is the new President and Haji Baba Sheikh is the Prime Minister.
1946Malcolm McLaren, is born Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren in Stoke Newington, London, England. With a keen eye for trends, McLaren realized in the 1970s that a new youth style was needed, and largely initiated the punk movement. During that time he was the manager of the Sex Pistols.
1947KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California.
1949Rock vocalist, Steve Perry, of Journey, is born Stephen Ray Pereira in Hanford, California. Journeys worldwide sales have reached over 75 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. Their hits include Lights, Any Way You Want It, Dont Stop Believin,
and Open Arms
. In 1998, Perry left the group. His singles as a solo artist include Oh Sherrie
and Foolish Heart
1950Preston Tucker, maker of the Tucker automobile, is cleared of all fraud charges against him. He is still a loser, however, as the Big Three automakers out of Detroit will put him out of business. Jeff Bridges would later portray the clever inventor in the movie, Tucker: A Man and His Dream
1951Future Cuban dictator Fidel Castros baseball career ends after he is thrown out of a winter league game during tryouts for the Washington Senators.
1951Hairdresser, Karl Nessler, dies of a heart attack in Harrington Park, New Jersey, at age 78. He invented the permanent wave. In April 1919, his Hair Curler was filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He later developed a do-it-yourself kit for perms and opened a chain of hair salons.
1953Film director, Jim Jarmusch, is born James Roberto Jarmusch in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is also a screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. His films include Stranger than Paradise, Mystery Train, Night on Earth,
and Broken Flowers
1954Actor, Chris Lemmon, is born Christopher Boyd Lemmon in Los Angeles, California. He has appeared in the films Airport 77, Seems Like Old Times, Swing Shift, Thats Life!,
. He is the son of actor, Jack Lemmon.
1954Princess Margaret of Prussia dies at Schloss Friedrichshof, Kronberg im Taunus, Hesse, Germany, at age 81. She was a daughter of Frederick III, German Emperor, and Victoria, Princess Royal; the younger sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II; and a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
1957Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula.
1957The New York City "Mad Bomber" George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut, and is charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
1959Coors, of Golden, Colorado, introduces the seamless, 7-oz. recyclable aluminum beer can.
1959Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment, Buddy Holly makes his last recordings. The songs taped this day, include Peggy Sue Got Married, Crying, Waiting, Hoping, Thats What They Say, What to Do, Learning the Game,
and That Makes It Tough
. The recordings will be overdubbed posthumously and released by Coral Records.
1959Actress, Linda (Denise)
Blair, is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Blair is best known for the role of the possessed child in the film The Exorcist
. Her other films (many for TV) include Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, Born Innocent, Airport 1975, Sweet Hostage,
and Roller Boogie
1960Michael Hutchence, of INXS, is born Michael Kelland John Hutchence in Lane Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The bands biggest hit was Never Tear Us Apart
1962The Organization of American States suspends Cuba's membership.
1963The Elysée Treaty of cooperation between France and Germany is signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.
1963Gerry and the Pacemakers record How Do You Do It
during their first recording session.
1965Hip hop record producer, DJ Jazzy Jeff, is born Jeffrey Allen Townes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, he had a hit with Parents Just Don't Understand
. Fresh Prince was actor, Will Smith.
1965Actress, Diane Lane, is born in New York, New York. In the late 1970s, she was featured on the cover of Time
magazine, dubbed the new Grace Kelly. She has appeared in the films A Little Romance, Child Bride of Short Creek, The Outsiders, Rumble Fush, Streets of Fire, The Cotton Club, Lonesome Dove, Chaplin, Wild Bill, A Walk on the Moon, The Perfect Storm, Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun, Must Love Dogs, Nights in Rodanthe,
1966A pre-Janis Joplin version of Big Brother & the Holding Company play their first gig on the second day of the Trips Festival at San Franciscos Longshoremans Hall.
1966Frank Sinatras daughter, Nancy Sinatra, enters the Hot 100 for the second time with what will be her biggest hit, These Boots Are Made for Walkin
. In 14 weeks on the charts, the song will go to #1 for one week.
1967The Rolling Stones appear on the British TV program, Sunday Night at the London Palladium
, performing Lets Spend the Night Together, Ruby Tuesday, Its All Over Now,
. However, they refuse to join the rest of the lineup for the closing credits, during which the band members were supposed to wave to the audience from a revolving stage.
1968Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
1968Operation Igloo White, a U.S. electronic surveillance system to stop communist infiltration into South Vietnam, begins installation.
1968The Beatles open offices at 95 Wigmore Street, London, England, to house Apple and its subsidiaries.
1968R&B singers, The Supremes, begin a residency at Londons Talk of the Town nightclub. Paul McCartney, Michael Caine, and Cliff Richard turn out to see them on opening night.
1968Rowan & Martins Laugh-In
premieres on NBC-TV. This sketch comedy show will go on to win a number of Emmy Awards and launch the careers of Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Lily Tomlin, and many others.
1968American restaurateur, author, and TV personality, Guy Fieri, is born Guy Ferry in Columbus, Ohio. Perhaps best known as the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
, Fieri is the face of Food Network, having hosted seven shows and numerous specials. He got his start at the network by winning the second season of The Next Food Network Star
. He is the author of three books and owner of five restaurants in California. Of his TV style, The New York Times
reported that Fieri "brought an element of rowdy, mass-market culture to American food television."
1969A gunman attempts to assassinate Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev.
1969Roy Campanella and Stan Musial are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1969Actress, Olivia (Jane)
d'Abo, is born in Paddington, London, England. She is best known for the role of Kevin Arnolds older hippie sister in the hit TV series The Wonder Years
. She appeared in the films Conan the Destroyer, Point of No Return, Waynes World 2,
and Clean Slate
. She is the daughter of rock singer, Mike d'Abo, of Manfred Mann. She was once engaged to singer, Julian Lennon.
1970The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its first regularly scheduled commercial flight on a route from New York to London, England.
1970John Lennons Bag One lithographs go on exhibit at the London Gallery in Detroit, Michigan. American tastes apparently differ from English ones, for all 14 lithographs in the series are displayed, including the ones confiscated by Scotland Yard for being obscene. No controversy or accusations of immorality will be made.
1971The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued.
1971Mad Dogs and Englishmen
, a documentary about Joe Cockers infamous tour across America (where he was accompanied by Leon Russell and an orchestra), premieres at Londons Festival Palace.
1971Publisher, Harry Frank Guggenheim, dies of cancer in New York, New York, at age 80. He co-founded Newsday
1972Actor, Gabriel Macht, is born in the Bronx, New York. He is best known for the role of Harvey Specter on the USA Network series Suits
. He has appeared in the films Why Would I Lie?, Simply Irresistible, American Outlaws, Behind Enemy Lines, Bad Company, The Recuit, Grand Theft Parsons,
and A Love Song for Bobby Long
1973The Paris Peace Accords are signed, as the first step in bringing the Vietnam War to an end.
1973The U.S. Supreme Court delivers its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing elective abortion in all 50 states.
1973The crew of Apollo 17 addresses a joint session of U.S. Congress after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.
1973A chartered Boeing 707 explodes in flames upon landing at Kano Airport, Nigeria, killing 176 people.
1973President Lyndon Baines Johnson dies of a heart attack at his ranch near Stonewall, Texas, at age 64. His death came the day before a ceasefire was signed in Vietnam and just a month after former President Harry S. Trumans death.
Balthazar Getty, is born in Tarzana, California. He has appeared in the films Lord of the Flies, Young Guns II, Natural Born Killers, Judge Dredd, Mr. Hollands Opus, White Squall,
and Ladder 49
. His great-grandfather was Jean Paul Getty, founder of the Getty Oil Company, and at one time one of the richest men in the world.
1977The Wings LP Wings Over America
is #1 in the U.S. charts.
1983The spinoff sitcom from The Carol Burnet Show, Mama's Family
, debuts on NBC-TV.
1984The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the mouse and a graphical user interface, is introduced during the Super Bowl.
1984Super Bowl XVIII: The Los Angeles Raiders beat the Washington Red Skins, 38-9.
1985In England, Ringo Starrs eldest son, Zak, is married to Sarah Menikides, at a private ceremony in a registry office in Bracknell, Berkshire. Both parents of the happy couple are not informed and therefore do not attend the ceremony.
1987Philippine security forces open fire on a crowd of 10 to 15 thousand demonstrators at Malacañan Palace, Manila, killing 13 people.
1987R. Budd Dwyer, Treasurer of Pennsylvania, shoots and kills himself at a televised press conference. The decision by some stations to broadcast the footage results in a debate concerning journalistic ethics.
1989Super Bowl XXIII: The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16.
1990Robert Tappan Morris is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm.
1992Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
1992In the Space Shuttle program, Dr. Roberta Bondar becomes the first Canadian woman and the first neurologist in space.
1992Stevie Ray Vaughans first album, Texas Flood
, goes platinum nine years after it was released, and two years after he died.
1994The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards announces its winners. Best Picture: Schindler's List;
Best Actor: Tom Hanks for Philadelphia;
Best Actress: Holly Hunter for The Piano;
Best Director: Steven Spielberg for Schindler's List;
Best Comedy: Mrs. Doubtfire;
Best Foreign Film: Farewell My Concubine
1994Actor, Telly Savalas, dies of prostate cancer at Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, California, at age 72. He was best known for his starring role on the TV series Kojak
1995Near Netanya, in central Israel, two suicide bombers from the Gaza Strip blow themselves up at a military transit point killing 19 Israelis.
1995Kennedy family matriarch, Rose Kennedy, dies from pneumonia at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, at age 104. She married businessman and investor, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, and they had nine children: Joseph Patrick, Jr., John Fitzgerald, Rose Marie, Kathleen Agnes, Eunice Mary, Patricia Helen, Robert Francis, Jean Ann, and Edward Moore. She was survived by five children, 26 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren.
1998Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
1998Sonny Bono's widow, Mary, announces that she will run for her late husband's 44th Congressional District seat in California.
1999Australian missionary, Graham Staines, and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.
2000Cookbook author, Craig Claiborne, dies in New York, New York, at age 79. He was Food Editor and Restaurant Critic for The New York Times
, a film about World War II code-breaking produced by Mick Jagger, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
2002Kmart Corporation becomes the largest retailer to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2004Musician and arranger, Billy May, dies in San Juan Capistrano, California, at age 87. He wrote arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, and Rosemary Clooney.
2004Actress-dancer, Ann Miller, dies of lung cancer, in Los Angeles, California, at age 80. She is best known for her work in the Hollywood musical films of the 1940s and 1950s.
2005Business tycoon, Donald Trump, marries former model, Melania Knauss, at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida.
2006Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.
2006Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, marries guitarist-producer, Michael Lockwood, in Kyoto, Japan.
2007At least 88 people are killed when two car bombs explode in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad, Iraq.
2007Actress, Liz Renay, dies of cardiac arrestin Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 80. She was known more as a performer with ties to celebrities, usually actors, rather than as an actress herself. In a tell-all book about her many relationships with men (both famous and not so famous) My First 2,000 Men,
she claimed to have had flings with Joe DiMaggio, Regis Philbin, and Cary Grant, among many others. Renay also wrote the book My Face for the World to See
2008Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive "dirty bomb," is sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami, Florida, to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.
2008Actor, Heath Ledger, dies of cardiac arrest from acute prescription drug intoxication in Manhattan, New York, at age 28. He is best known for the role of Ennis Del Mar in the film Brokeback Mountain,
for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. He also appeared in the films 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, The Four Feathers, Ned Kelly, Casanova, Im Not There, The Dark Knight,
and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
2010Conan O'Brien ends his brief time as host of The Tonight Show
, after accepting a $45 million buyout from NBC-TV to leave the show after only seven months.
2010Actress, Jean Simmons, dies of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, at age 80. She worked in both England and America, and her films include The Robe, The Actress, She Couldnt Say No, Guys and Dolls, Hilda Crane, Until They Sail, Home Before Dark, Elmer Gantry, Spartacus, Life at the Top, Mister Buddwing, The Happy Ending,
and How to Make an American Quilt
2014Record producer and engineer, Roy Cicala, dies in São Paulo, Brazil. Since his start at Record Plant Studios in New York in 1968, he recorded and produced some of the greatest artists of modern music, including John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Harry Nilsson, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Queen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Liza Minnelli, Roberta Flack, Van Morrison, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Frank Zappa, Prince, and Sarah Vaughan.
2015An explosion near a civilian trolley-bus in Donetsk, Ukraine, kills at least 13 people.
2016The United States announces that it has implemented new visa restrictions for people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan with dual citizenship in the European Union, in order to keep the country safe from terrorism.
2016Nearly 300,000 recreational drone owners have registered their unmanned aircraft in a new U.S. Federal Government database intended to help address a surge of rogue drone flights near airports and public venues. Experts have said 700,000 to one million unmanned aircraft were expected to be given as gifts in the U.S. last Christmas.
2017Following the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, Israel approves the construction of 566 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem.
2017The U.S. Department of Transportation identifies 10 sites as officially designated proving grounds for autonomous vehicle testing in the U.S. They are: City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute; Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership; U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center; American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run; Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) & GoMentum Station; San Diego Association of Governments; Iowa City Area Development Group; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners; and North Carolina Turnpike Authority.
2017A shootout between armed robbers and civilian bystanders at shopping mall in San Antonio, Texas, leaves one person dead and seven others wounded.
2017A 7.9 earthquake hits west of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, beneath Bougainville Island.
2017Severe storms, including tornadoes, kill at least 11 people and injure 23 others in rthe state of Georgia.
2017Pete Overend Watts, of Mott the Hoople, dies of throat cancer in England, at age 69.
PHOTOS TOP TO BOTTOM: Emperor Montoku; Francis Bacon; Lord Byron; D.W. Griffith; Ann Sothern; Sam Cooke's Send Me Some Lovin' picture sleeve; Seymour Cassel; John Hurt; Steve Perry; Jim Jarmusch; Linda Blair; Diane Lane; Guy Fieri; Olivia d'Abo; Mad Dogs and Englishmen poster; Balthazar Getty; the first Apple Macintosh computer; Rose Kennedy; Craig Claiborne; Ann Miller; Heath Ledger; and Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.