1790 - First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City
1884 - The Oxford Dictionary debuted
1887 - The area known as Hollywood was founded.
1896 - Puccini's La bohème premiered in Turin, Italy
1913 - Grand Central Terminal opened in New York as the world's
largest train station
1938 (Volcano Eruption) Banda Sea, Indonesia
1964 - I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was number
1 on the Billboard music charts
1982 - Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC
2003 - Columbia space shuttle mission ended in disaster, killing
all seven aboard.
2004 - The Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII
halftime show controversy occurred
1876 - National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball
1887 - The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney,
1928 - Great Fall River Fire, Massachusettes
1950 - What's My Line debuted on CBS
1967 - The American Basketball Association (ABA) was established.
It only had four teams (New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana
Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) and later merged with its competition,
the National Basketball Association (NBA)
1979 - Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City
2000 - Oxygen debuted on cable
1690 - The first paper money in America was issued today,
in the Colony of Massachusettes
1870 - The 15th Amendment was ratified in the US, granting
every citizen, regardless of race, the right to vote
1889 - Outlaw Belle Starr was murdered in Oklahoma, shot twice
in the back
1923 (Volcano Eruption) Kamchatka
1947 - The coldest weather ever recorded in the North America
was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.
1959 - The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie
Valens and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in an Iowa cornfield.
2008 - The Naked Brothers band premiered on Nickelodeon
1789 - George Washington was elected as the first president
of the United States by the Electoral College
1825 - The Ohio Legislature authorized the construction of
the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal
1826 - The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
1922 - Ford Motor Company acquires the failing luxury automaker
Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million
1938 - Snow White and thr 7 Dwarfs was released by Walt Disney
1961 - The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and
Montgonery Clift, was released by United Artists
1965 (Earthquake) Rat Islands, Alaska
1974 - The Symbionese Liberation Army abducted 19 year-old
1979 (Earthquake) Riobamba, Ecuador
1983 - Singer Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia
1991 - Pete Rose (aka Charlie Hustle) was banned 'for life'
from the Baseball Hall of Fame due to the fact that he used
to illegally gamble on games
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1883 - The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental
"Sunset Route" from New Orleans to California
1936 - The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was
released by Charlie Chapman
1972 - Bob Douglas became the first African America to be
inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
2000 - Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis on Live!
Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamacia and Ethiopia
1891 - The Dalton Gang's first attempt at train robbery failed.
Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsucessfully tried to rob a Southern
Pacific train near Alila, California.
1928 - Awoman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming
to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia
arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence indicated
we was not the Russian princess.
1937 - John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men was published
1959 - The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer
chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments
2005 - American Dad premiered on FOX
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1904 - 1500 buildings, in an 80block area of the downtown
Baltimore was destroyed in a fire. Noone was killed.
1914 - The silent film Kid Auto Races at Venice premiered
in theaters, featuring Charlie Chaplin in his first screen
appearance as "The Little Tramp."
1964 - Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow
landed at New York's Kennedy Airport, bring The Beatles to
America for the first time.
1979 - Ex-planet Pluto moved inside real planet Neptune's
orbit for the first time since both planets were known to
1982 - Superman: The Movie was broadcast on American television
for the first time. It was in two parts, continued the following
1988 - America's Most Wanted premiered on FOX
1692 - Adoctor in Salem Village claimed three teenaged girls
were possessed by Satan, which then lead to the chaotic Salem
1915 - The Birth of a Nation, DW Griffith's controversial
film, premiered. It was originally titled "The Clansman."
1960 - Elvis Presley was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1998 - The first female hockey game in Olympic history took
place. Finland defated Sweden 6-0
1889 - The United States Department of Agriculture was established
1895 - William G. Morgan, a Holyoke, MA YMCA physical education
director, invented the game of volleyball
1960- Joanne Woodward recieved the first star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame
1960 - Adolph Coors was kidnapped and later killed by Joe
Corbett while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado,
1961 - The Beatles debuted at Liverpool's Cavern
1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the
1997- The Simpsons made television history with their episode
"The Itchy, Scratchy and Pootchie Show" which they
then surpassed the Flintstones as the longest running prime-time
cartoon series in terms of episodes aired
1870 - The YWCA was founded today in New York City
1933 - In Round 13 of a infamous boxing match at Madison Square
Garden; Primo Carnera knocked out Ernie Shaaf, killing him.
1953 - Romper Room premiered, in syndication
1966 - Ralph Nader, the author of "Unsafe at Any Speed:
The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile,"
testified before Congress for the first time about unsafe
practices in the auto industry.
1993- Oprah Winfrey interviewed Michael Jackson at his home
The Neverland Ranch. It was Jackson's first televised interview
1996 - World chess champion Gary Kasparov lost the first game
of a six-game match against Deep Blue. He won three, and tied
twice in the matchup.
1752 - The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania
1808 - As an experiment, anthracite coal was burned as a fuel
1858 - Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant
girl, first claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary near
Lourdes, France. In 1933, she was canonized as St. Bernadette
by the Roman Catholic Church
1990 - Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South
African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years
1990 - Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson, the undisputed
heavyweight champion of the world.
2006 - Vice President Dick Cheney accidently shot good friend
Harry Whittington while the two were hunting together
2012 - Singer Whitney Houston died in a hotel bathtub, the
result of accidental drowning. Heart disease and cocaine,
which was found in her system, were determined to be contributing
1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in Madison Square
Garden in NYC
1924 - Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin, performed for
first time at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. Paul Whitman
conducted the now classic piece of American music.
1999 - President Bill Clinton was acquitted on both articles
of impeachment against him: perjury and obstruction of justice.
2004 - The city and county of San Franciso began to issue
marriage license to same-sex couples
2004 - Mattel officially announced the split of Barbie and
1633 - Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face charges of
heresy by the Catholic Church for advocating Copernican theory,
which held that the Earth revolved around the Sun.
1915 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP), headed by Victor Herbert, was founded.
1993 - Double Dare game show ended
2000 - Two days after Charles M Schulz died, February 11,
the last original Peanuts comic strip was printed in newspapers
2004 - Astronomer Travis Metcalfe of the Harvard - Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics believed he discovered the largest
diamond in the known universe at the center of the white dwarf
star, BPM 37093. Observations claim that the core of the star
is a diamond crystal 4000km in diameter.
278 - Valentine, a priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius
II, was beheaded for performing (illegal at the time) marragige
1779 - Captain James Cook, the great English explorer and
surveyor in the Royal Navy, was murdered by natives of Hawaii
during his third visit to the Pacific island group
1912 - Arizona was admitted at the 48th state of the United
1929 - Sir Alexander Fleming left a plate of staphylococcus
bacteria uncovered, and noticed the mold had killed much of
the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum,
and shortened the name to Penicillin.
1929 - Four men came in, dressed as police at Bugs Moran's
headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, killing seven
of Bugs's men in what is called the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Moran was a rival of of Al Capone.
1938 - Former silent film actress Hedda Hopper began her gossip
column in The Los Angeles Times
2000 - NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit
around an asteroid, 433 Eros
2002 - The final Family Guy episode aired after Fox announced
its cancellation. It came back after DVD sales indicated a
huge auduence for the show.
1898 - An explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Cuba's
Havana harbor, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American
crew members aboard, sparking the Spanish-American war.
1950 - Disney's Cinderella cartoon feature opened in theaters.
It was one of the biggest films of the year, and was theatrically
re-released several time s- 1957, 1965, 1973, 1981 and 1987.
1961 - The whole 18-member U.S. figure skating team was killed
in a plane crash in Berg-Kampenhout, Belgium. The team was
on its way to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships
in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1965 - The flag we know today, the red and white maple leaf
was designed as the new flag of Canada. Prior to that, the
official flag was Britain's Union Jack.
2003 - It was estimated that between 8,000,000-30,000,000
people in 600 cities worldwide, the protest of the Iraq War
was the largest protest in the history of the world.
2005 - YouTube was activated
1894 - Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin is pardoned after spending
15 years in a Texas prison for murder. Hardin shot and killed
a man just for snoring, by firing through the wall at the
1923 - In Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter
enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler
King Tutankhamen. He had been looking for King Tut's tomb
since his first trip the Egypt in 1891. The outer chambers
were discovered in November, 1922.
1959 - Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba
after leading a communist guerrilla campaign that forced dictator
Fulgencio Batista into exile.
1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the
1983 - The Ash Wednesday brushfires in Southern Austalia took
the lives of 71 people, becoming Australia's worst fire ever
1904 - Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly premiered
at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy. It was one of the
firts world-wide pop culture event 'hits'.
1933 - The magazine Newsweek was published for the first time.
In October 2012, it was announced that Newsweek would cease
print publication with the December 31, 2012.
1958 - Pope Pius XII designated St. Clare of Assisi the patron
saint of television
1968 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened
in Springfield, MA
1972 - With the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle coming off
the assembly line, the VW Beetle broke the world car production
record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company's
Model T, which was in production from 1908 and 1927.
1995 - Colin Fergson was convicted of the 1993 Long Island
Rail Road shootings and recieved a 200+ year sentence to jail
1996 - In the final game of a six-game match, world chess
champion Garry Kasparov defeated Deep Blue, IBMís chess-playing
computer, and won the match, 4-2. But in 1997, Deep Blue defeated
Kasparov in a rematch.
2009 - 368 US Television stations permanently shut off their
analog transmission signals, becoming digital
1856 - The "Known-Nothing Party," convened in Philadelphia
to nominate its first presidential candidate. The Know-Nothing
movement began in the 1840s, when an increasing rate of immigration
led to the formation of a number of groups to combat "foreign"
influences in American society.
1861 - Jefferson Davis became the provisional president of
the Confederate States of America. He was 'provisional' becuase
he was not elected by the people, but appointed by the Confederate
1885 - Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckberry Finn was published
for the first time
1929 - The first Academy Awards were announced in 1929 for
1930 - ex-planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh
2001 - Race car legend Ralph Dale Earnhardt was killed in
a crash in the last lap of the Daytona 500 . Richard Petty
won the race.
1600 (Volcano Eruption) Huaynaputina
1847 - Of the 89 original members of the Donner Party, only
45 reached California. They had been trapped, with no provisions
and little survival skills since late October of 1848, about
13 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe
1878 - U.S. Patent No. 200,521Thomas Edision earned U.S. Patent
No. 200,521, for his device called the phongraph.
1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive
Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people from
military areas "as deemed necessary or desirable."
This was the basis for the Japanses Internment camps, which
held over 100,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans until January
2, 1945. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to
repay every surviving internee with a tax-free payment of$20,000
and an apology from the U.S. government.
1980 - AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning
1982 - Rock legend Ozzy Ozbourne was arrested for urinating
on the Alamo
1985 - William J. Schroeder becomes the first articifial heart
patient to leave the hospital.
1986 - The US Senate approved a treaty that outlawed genocide
1994 - Martin Lawrence made a sexually explicit joke during
his opening monologue during his appearance on Saturday Night
Live. The joke was in reference to female genitalia and feminine
hygiene. He ended up being banned from the NBC network for
a year and from SNL for life. During re-broadcast of the episode
the joke is replaced by a title card read off-screen and the
joke nearly cost everyone at SNL their jobs.
2006 - The Rolling Stones performed in front of the largest
open show for the public in Copacabana Beach in Brazil,1.3
Million people attended
2010 - Golfer Tiger Woods admitted to having several affairs,
which were brought to light after an incident in Windermere,
Florida, an Orlando suburb, around 2:30 a.m. on November 27,
2009. His car crashed, reportedly, but several eyewitness
accounts said it looked like it was attacked by someone with
a golf club. Ironically, his wife, Elin Nordegren, was reportedly
informed about his infidelities shortly before the 'crash.'
1792 - The United States Post Office became a cabinet postion
under President George Washington. In 1971, the Post Office
became an indepedendent corporation.
1872 - the Metropolitain Museum of Art opened in New York
1931 - San Franciso got approval from the US Congress to build
the world- known San Franciso - Oakland Bay Bridge
1962 - Launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel
Glenn Jr. successfully went into space aboard the Friendship
7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut.
1979 - This Old House premiered on PBS
1986 - After about a century of planning and a millennium
of wishing, it was announced that the "Chunnel"
bewteen the UK and France would be built. Construction began
in December 1987 and the "chunnel" was finally completed
1995- A short called "Changes" which was the pilot
for Dexter's Laboratory aired on Cartoon Network. It was a
huge success and is credited with helping launch the animation
careers of Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken and Seth McFarlane.
1996- VH1 Storytellers debuted on VH1
1998 - American figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest
gold-metal winner at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan
2001 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested and charged with
spying for the Russians for 15 years
2003 - Great White's pyrotechnics went out of control, burning
down Rhode Island's 'The Station' nightclub, and took 100
2005 - Robot Chicken premiered on Adult Swim
1848 - The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx andFriedrich
Engels, was published in London by a group of German-born
revolutionary known as the Communist League.
1885 - The Washington Monument was dedicated. It was opened
to the public about three years later. At 555 feet 5 1/8 inches,
it was the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel
Tower was completed in 1889. The 555-foot-high marble obelisk
was first proposed in 1783, and had countless delays, including
the American Civil War..
1948 - The National Association for Stock Car Racing - NASCAR
- was founded.
1953 - The structure of the DNA molecule was discovered by
Francis Crick and James D. Watson
1965 - Malcom X was assassinated by members of the Nation
of Islam in the Audubon Ballroom in New York City
1997 - The all digital Wheel of Fortune board was introduced
1759 - Today is the day that middle class 27 year old George
Washington married rich widow (also 27) Martha Dandridge Curtis,
and became a wealthy man (he was already a war hero)
1819 - Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary
of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida Purchase Treaty,
giving the United States control of all of Florida.
1956 - Elvis Presley debuted on the music charts with 'Heartbreak
1959 - Lee Petty defeated Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish
at the brand new Daytona International Speedway in Florida
to win the first-ever Daytona 500.
1974 - Samuel Byrck unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate
President Richard Nixon
1978 - Rock band The Police appeared in a television commercial
for Wrigley's chewing gum
1980 - The 'Miracle on Ice' The US Men's Hockey Team won a
4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in
Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, the Americans went
on to beat Finland and take home the gold medal.
1990 - Best New Artist Grammy was awarded to song and dance
performers Milli Vanilli
2006 - iTunes sold it's BILLIONTH music download. 16 year
old Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, bought "Speed
of Sound" by Coldplay. He later got a phone call from
Steve Jobs and won a lot of iPod and Mac stuff.
2006 - At least six men staged Britain's biggest bank robbery
ever stealing the equilvalent of 92 million American dollars
from a security depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn
1945 - During the Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the
3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the
5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's
highest peak, and raised the U.S. flag. The photo would later
become world-famous as well as win a Pulitzer Prize
1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the
1967 - The Beatles made a taped appearance on American Bandstand,
where they premiered their new music videos for the songs
"Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever"
1975 - There was an energy crisis in the US in 1975, so daylight
savings time started two months early - Feb 23rd instead of
1978 - both Barbra Streisand's "Love Theme from A Star
Is Born (Evergreen)" and Debby Boone's "You Light
Up My Life" were awarded the Best Song Grammy - the first
and only tie in that category in Grammy history.
1892 (Earthquake) Imperial Valley, California
1938, - a nylon-bristled toothbrush became the first commercial
product to be made with nylon yarn.
1938 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) had bought the rights to
adapt L. Frank Baumís beloved childrenís novel The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz, as reported by Variety magazine.
1952 - The Reputed 'Battle of LA' in Los Angeles, California
1970 - The National Public Radio was founded in the US
1981- The engagement of Charles, Price of Wales and Lady Diana
Spencer was announced
1982 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 to overturn the $200,000
settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional
distress at being parodied in Hustler, a pornographic magazine.
Basically the Supreme Court ruled that you can mock public
1993- Michael Jackson received the Grammy Legend award which
was presented to him by his sister Janet at the 35th annual
1919 - Oregon became the first US state to levy a gasoline
tax by placing 1 cent tax on every gallon of gas.
1964 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), age 22, defeated champion
Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight
1967 - Gene Kelly starred in Jack and the Beanstalk on NBC(produced
by Hanna-Barbera) it was the first TV special to combine live
action and animation.
2000 - Max Steel premiered on Kid's WB
2004 - The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibsonís film about
the last 44 hours of Jesus of Nazarethís life, opened in theaters,
eventually earning over $370,700,000.
2006 - The world's population reached an estimated 6.5 billion
1919 - 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon, already a national
monument, was designated a national park under President Woodrow
1929 - President Calvin Coolidge signed into law a bill establishing
the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming.
1993 - The first of the World Trade Bombings occured , the
bomb went off in a parked truck under the North Tower. The
bombing killed six and injured over a thousand people
1995 - Selena Quintanilla - Perez performed her last concert
in Houston before being shot by her manager.
2005 - Halle Berry accepted her Razzie Award at the 25th annual
ceremony at Hollywoodís historic Ivar Theatre.
2012 - Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen walking home
from a trip to a convenience store, was fatally shot in an
altercation with George Zimmerman, a hispanic neighborhood
watch volunteer patrolling the townhouse community of the
Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida.
1703 - The first Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama
1827- Masked and costumed students danced through the streets
of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the first of the city's famous
Mardi Gras celebrations.
1936 - Shirley Temple received a new contract from 20th Century
Fox that paid the seven-year-old star $50,000 per film.
1960 - The S Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet Union
in the semifinals at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California.
The next day, the US team beat Czechoslovakia to win its first-ever
Olympic gold medal in hockey.
1974 - People Magazine was published for the first time
1980 - There was only one Grammy for Best Disco Recording
ever, and it was awarded to Gloria Gaynor for I Will Survive.
1999 - Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record
after being in a hot air balloon for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
2010 (Earthquake) Coastal Maule, Chile
1784 - John Wesley chartered the first Methodist Church in
the United States. An Anglican, Wesley wanted a church structure
for his followers after the Anglican Church abandoned its
American believers during the American Revolution.
1935 - Wallace Carothers discovered Nylon
1940 - Basketball was televised for the first time. The game
was Fordam University vs. University of Pittsberg
1953 - Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and
Frances H.C. Crick announced that they had found the double-helix
structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes.
1983 - CBS sitcom M*A*S*H ended after 11 seasons, airing a
special two-and-a-half hour episode watched by 77% of the
television viewing audience.
1993 - Near Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, agents of the U.S.
Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
(ATF) launch a raid against the Branch Davidian compound.
At least 80 people, including 22 children, were killed.
1996 - KISS reunited at the Grammys in full makeup and costume