This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.


Events

  • 379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire
  • 973 Pope Benedictus VI elected
  • 1419 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
  • 1493 France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona
  • 1511 Italian city Mirandola surrenders to the French
  • 1520 Sten Sture the Younger, Regent of Sweden, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund
  • 1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed in the Tower of London for treason
  • 1607 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; the oldest church in the Philippines
  • 1714 Richard Steele publishes "Crisis" defending Hanoverian success
  • 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Stirling [OS= Jan 8]
  • 1770 Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)
  • 1785 First manned balloon flight in Ireland
  • 1795 Democratic revolution in Amsterdam ends oligarchy
  • 1806 United Kingdom re-occupies the Cape of Good Hope following victory in the Battle of Blaauwberg over French vassal, the Batavian Republic. Establishes British rule in South Africa.
  • 1808 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
  • 1810 Overnight temperature at Portsmouth New Hampshire drops 50°F (10°C)
  • 1825 Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans
  • 1829 Johann von Goethe's "Faust, Part 1" premieres
  • 1839 Aden conquered by British East India Company
  • 1861 Misssissippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War)
  • 1861 Georgia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1862 Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads)
  • 1863 General Mieroslawski appointed dictator of Poland
  • 1865 NV Suriname Bank established
  • 1865 Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina
  • 1871 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • 1884 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris
  • 1885 Battle of Abu Klea, Sudan, between the British Desert Column and Mahdist forces: 76 British and 1,100 Mahdists killed
  • 1886 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
  • 1893 Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder premieres in Berlin
  • 1898 Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game
  • 1899 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
  • 1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
  • 1903 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • 1909 Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way" premieres in NYC
  • 1910 Germany & Bolivia end commerce and friendship treaty
  • 1910 US National Institute of Arts & Letters incorporated by Congress
  • 1913 Raymond Poincaré installed as President of France
  • 1915 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
  • 1915 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
  • 1917 The Silvertown explosion: 73 die when a munitions factory in Essex explodes.
  • 1918 Soviets disallow a Constitution Assembly
  • 1918 Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles between the Red Guards and the White Guard
  • 1919 National elections held in Germany to form a National Constituent Assembly and draft a constitution
  • 1920 Alexandre Millerand forms French government
  • 1921 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • 1922 Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years
  • 1923 WMC-AM in Memphis TN begins radio transmissions
  • 1925 -48°F (-44°C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)
  • 1927 British government decides to send troops to China
  • 1929 Acadia National Park, Maine established
  • 1929 Clas Thunberg skates world record 500m in 42.8 sec
  • 1932 Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
  • 1934 Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement
  • 1935 KLM begins flight path between Curacao & Aruba
  • 1935 Coopers Inc. sells the world's first men's briefs in Chicago, calls it the "Jockey"
  • 1938 General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines
  • 1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record of 4.4 sec
  • 1941 British offensive in Eritrea
  • 1941 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
  • 1942 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1942 Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers
  • 1943 1st Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins
  • 1943 Joint Chiefs of Staff decide on invasion in Sicily
  • 1947 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
  • 1949 Cuba recognises Israel.
  • 1950 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • 1952 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
  • 1952 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • 1955 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • 1955 "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
  • 1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1958 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
  • 1960 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
  • 1961 1st episode of "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
  • 1963 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill for 4th consecutive year 6-2, 6-2
  • 1964 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB
  • 1964 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, North Dakota (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • 1967 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will "Vse Zene" (All to wife)
  • 1968 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • 1969 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • 1969 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT
  • 1970 Dutch bishops says he is in favor of married priests
  • 1970 Nixon nominates G Harold Carswell to Supreme Court (fails)
  • 1970 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
  • 1971 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
  • 1971 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • 1974 Belgium government of Leburton falls
  • 1974 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • 1974 China and South Vietnam clash over the Paracel Islands, resulting in a Chinese victory
  • 1975 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq
  • 1975 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
  • 1977 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • 1977 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • 1977 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
  • 1978 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1978 Judge William H. Webster appointed head of FBI
  • 1979 John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison
  • 1981 US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 1982 Aust-WI one-day game that produced a Privy Council libel case
  • 1982 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School, Oklahoma, kills 6 children & teacher
  • 1983 Klaus Barbie, SS chief in Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, arrested in Bolivia
  • 1984 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • 1984 California Supreme Court rejects the request of quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia's to starve herself to death in a public hospital
  • 1985 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda Ill
  • 1986 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17 million
  • 1986 Spain recognizes Israel
  • 1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • 1988 "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1988 Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
  • 1990 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • 1990 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • 1991 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse, Toronto, C
  • 1991 Eastern Airlines shuts down operations
  • 1991 Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title
  • 1991 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
  • 1991 Iraq files SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel during the Gulf War
  • 1992 "City of Angels" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 878 performances
  • 1992 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises 23,500,000
  • 1992 IBM announces a nearly $5B loss for 1992
  • 1992 Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble
  • 1992 Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
  • 1993 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal
  • 1993 Oakland As unveil new elephant logo
  • 1993 Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA
  • 1993 STS-54 (Endeavour) lands
  • 1994 -20°F (-29°C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1994 -36°F (-38°C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)
  • 1995 Jean-Claude Juncker (28) sworn in as premier of Luxembourg
  • 1996 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season
  • 2002 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime
  • 2003 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24
  • 2003 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  • 2006 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • 2006 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto
  • 2006 Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously
  • 2007 Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.
  • 2012 FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites
  • 2013 Four climbers are killed by an avalanche in Glen Coe, Scotland
  • 2013 Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
  • 2013 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout
  • 2014 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16
  • 2014 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17
  • 2016 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015
  • 2017 Adama Barrow sworn in as President of Gambia in Dahkar as Senegalese troops enter Gambia to persuade former President Yahya Jammeh to leave
  • 2017 High-rise building collapses in Tehran, killing 20 firefighters

Births

  • 399 Pulcheria, Byzantine empress (d. 453)
  • 1200 Dogen Kigen, Japan, Zen teacher, 1st patriarch of the Japanese Soto
  • 1544 Francis II de Valois-Angouleme, king of France (1559-60)
  • 1613 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, born in Beaune (d. 1652)
  • 1639 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
  • 1676 John Weldon, English composer, born in Chichester (d. 1736)
  • 1679 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
  • 1686 Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist
  • 1736 Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel, Dutch Grand Pensionary of Zeeland and Holland (1787-95)
  • 1737 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fr writer (Paul et Virgin)
  • 1739 Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect (d. 1808)
  • 1749 Isaiah Thomas, American printer/editor/publisher/historian
  • 1752 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • 1757 Augusta Reuss-Ebersdorf, German Princess (d. 1831)
  • 1760 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer
  • 1790 Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish historian/poet (Blommorna)
  • 1798 Auguste Comte, philosopher/founder (sociology & positivism)
  • 1802 [Jean] Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgium min of Foreign affairs (1831)
  • 1806 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer
  • 1808 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (d. 1887)
  • 1813 Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor (Bessemer engine)
  • 1816 Henry Gray, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1820 John Haskell King, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1827 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor (Rafagas,)
  • 1830 George Blake Cosby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1909)
  • 1832 Ferdinand Laub, composer
  • 1832 Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer
  • 1837 William Williams Keen, surgeon (brain)
  • 1839 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer
  • 1848 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1851 David Starr Jordan, NY, biologist/university pres (Leland Stanford)
  • 1851 Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer
  • 1858 Eugene Brieux, French playwright (Blanchette, Lesson Avaries)
  • 1859 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1863 Werner Sombart, German fascist (Juden und das Wirtschaftsleben)
  • 1866 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1868 Gustav Meyrink, writer
  • 1869 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor (Rotterdam 1906-22)/Dir (League of Nations)
  • 1873 Hans Erich Blaich [Dr. Owlglass], German writer (Simplicissimus), born in Leutkirch im Allgäu (d. 1945)
  • 1878 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 1879 Marie Koenen, author/wife of Felix Rutten (Wassend Cereal)
  • 1879 Boris Savinkov, Russian writer (d. 1925)
  • 1883 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
  • 1884 Albert Louis Wolff, composer
  • 1887 Alexander Woollcott, American critic and short story writer (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Phalanx, New Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1889 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1892 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), born in Borgarnes, Iceland (d. 1964)
  • 1897 Natacha Rambova, Salt Lake City UT, costume designer
  • 1897 René Victor, Flemish lawyer/knight (Rechtskundig Weekblad)
  • 1899 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • 1902 Heinrich Schmist-Barrien, German author (Moorkeerl)
  • 1903 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
  • 1904 James Winston Watts, developer (Frontal Lobotomy)
  • 1905 Anne Schumacher Hummert, Baltimore US, leading creator of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s
  • 1905 Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO (Houston Post)
  • 1906 Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn Bogue], Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • 1906 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1906 Lilian Harvey, Briths actress (Invitation to the Waltz), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Willi Schmidt, German director
  • 1912 Francis David Charteris, earl of Wemyss & March/Scottish landowner
  • 1912 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch soc dem chairman (1965-69)
  • 1912 Leonid V Kantorovich, economist (Nobel), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1913 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author
  • 1913 Anthony Dexter [Walter Fleischmann], Canadian actor (The Phantom Planet, Captain John Smith and Pocahontas), born in Talmage, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 1913 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (d. 1955)
  • 1913 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Rudolf Maros, composer
  • 1918 John H Johnson, American publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet)
  • 1919 Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1920 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peruvian diplomat, 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1982-91) and Prime Minister of Peru (2000-01), born in Lima
  • 1921 Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • 1921 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • 1922 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Guy Madison [Robert Moseley], American actor (Wild Bill Hickok), born in Pumpkin Center, California (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Ken Hughes, director (Casino Royale), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1923 Jean Stapleton, American actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Markus Wolf, German spy (d. 2006)
  • 1924 7th earl of Carnarvon, English large landowner
  • 1924 Jean Francois Revel, French journalist/author (Ni Marx ni Jesus)
  • 1924 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1985)
  • 1925 Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author (Afternoon of a Good Woman), (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Fritz Weaver, actor (Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Libera Carlier, Flemish author (Action Station Go!)
  • 1928 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1928 Edward Gerard Schurmann, composer
  • 1929 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2012)
  • 1930 John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)
  • 1930 Nathalie "Tippi" Hedren, American actress, animal rights activist and former fashion model (The Birds, Marnie), born in New Ulm, Minnesota
  • 1931 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • 1932 Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker (Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Day's Night, Help!, Petulia)
  • 1933 Marc F. A. Andries, Flemish actor (Central Station)
  • 1936 Elliott Schwartz, composer, born in New York City
  • 1938 Denny Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1981- )
  • 1938 Eskil Hemberg, composer
  • 1940 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • 1940 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • 1940 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Tony Anholt, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1941 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • 1942 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • 1942 Shelley Fabares, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943 Margriet Francisca, Dutch Princess
  • 1943 Petchara Chaowarat, Thai film actress
  • 1944 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1944 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, composer
  • 1944 Laurie London, English singer
  • 1944 Peter Lynch, American investor
  • 1945 Charles Amirkhanian, composer
  • 1945 Vadim Abdrashitov, director (Fox Hunt, Parade of Planets)
  • 1946 Alexandr Vladimirovich Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1946 Julian Barnes, England, writer (Before She Met Me)
  • 1947 Alessandro Haber, actor (China is Near)
  • 1947 Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)
  • 1947 Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1948 Harvey Hinsley, British musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), born in Batley, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • 1949 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • 1950 Sébastien Dhavernas, Quebec actor, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1950 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951 Martha Davis, American rock singer-songwriter (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1952 Dewey Bunell, British-American musician (America-Daisy Jane), born in Borough of Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Linda Hayden, English actress (The Blood on Satan's Claw, The Boys from Brazil), born in Stanmore, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride) & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Richard Legendre, Canadian tennis player & politician, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1954 Katey Sagal, American actress & singer-songwriter (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1954 Cindy Sherman, American photographer & director, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1954 Katharina Thalbach, German actress & film director, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1955 Simon Rattle, English orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor & comedian, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1957 Mickael Virtue, American rock keyboardist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1957 Ottis Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1957 Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rican politician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Thomas Kinkade, American painter, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)
  • 1960 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1961 Paul McCrane, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 William Ragsdale, American actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • 1962 Chris Sabo, American baseball 3rd baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist, born in Valkenswaard, Netherlands
  • 1963 Adele Peterson, LPGA golfer
  • 1963 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul-Keep on Movin'), born in Acton, London
  • 1963 Michael Adams, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1963 Martin Bashir, British reporter, born in Wandsworth, London
  • 1964 Janine Antoni, Bahamian artist, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1964 Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer, born in Jocotenango, Guatemala
  • 1965 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1966 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Ronnie Williams, American NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • 1966 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • 1966 Sylvain Cote, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1966 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer, born in Vetlanda, Sweden
  • 1967 Christine Tucci, American actress (Amanda Cory-Another World), born in Katonah, New York
  • 1967 Javier Cámara, Spanish actor, born in Albelda de Iregua, Spain
  • 1968 Marty Conlon, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1968 Whitfield Crane [William Whitfield Crane IV], American rock musician (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1969 Andrew Murray Stone, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Junior Seau, American NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2012)
  • 1969 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1969 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1969 Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 1969 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer, born in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
  • 1970 Ghetty Chasun, American actress (Red Lips), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Rick Krivda, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 T. J. Mathews, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Columbia, Illinois
  • 1970 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete, born in Beveren, Belgium
  • 1970 Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian, born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 1971 Reggie Brooks, American NFL running back (Washington Redskins), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Shawn Wayans, American actor (In Living Color), born in New York City, New York
  • 1971 John Wozniak, American singer & songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • 1972 Tyrone Wheatley, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Inkster, Michigan
  • 1972 Joana Benedek, Romanian-born Mexican actress, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1972 Ron Killings, American professional wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1972 Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1972 Drea de Matteo, American actress (Swordfish, The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • 1973 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • 1973 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1973 Aaron Yonda, YouTube celebrity, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • 1973 Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 200fre/400fre/4x200m 1992), born in Volzhsky, Russia
  • 1974 Amaury Telemaco, Dominican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Higüey, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Gregory Playfair, Dutch football player (PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname

Deaths

    • 379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire
    • 973 Pope Benedictus VI elected
    • 1419 French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
    • 1493 France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona
    • 1511 Italian city Mirandola surrenders to the French
    • 1520 Sten Sture the Younger, Regent of Sweden, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund
    • 1547 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed in the Tower of London for treason
    • 1607 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; the oldest church in the Philippines
    • 1714 Richard Steele publishes "Crisis" defending Hanoverian success
    • 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Stirling [OS= Jan 8]
    • 1770 Battle of Golden Hill (Lower Manhattan)
    • 1785 First manned balloon flight in Ireland
    • 1795 Democratic revolution in Amsterdam ends oligarchy
    • 1806 United Kingdom re-occupies the Cape of Good Hope following victory in the Battle of Blaauwberg over French vassal, the Batavian Republic. Establishes British rule in South Africa.
    • 1808 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
    • 1810 Overnight temperature at Portsmouth New Hampshire drops 50°F (10°C)
    • 1825 Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans
    • 1829 Johann von Goethe's "Faust, Part 1" premieres
    • 1839 Aden conquered by British East India Company
    • 1861 Misssissippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War)
    • 1861 Georgia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
    • 1862 Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan's Crossroads)
    • 1863 General Mieroslawski appointed dictator of Poland
    • 1865 NV Suriname Bank established
    • 1865 Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina
    • 1871 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
    • 1884 Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris
    • 1885 Battle of Abu Klea, Sudan, between the British Desert Column and Mahdist forces: 76 British and 1,100 Mahdists killed
    • 1886 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota
    • 1893 Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder premieres in Berlin
    • 1898 Brown defeats Harvard 6-0 in 1st intercollegiate hockey game
    • 1899 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
    • 1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England
    • 1903 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
    • 1909 Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way" premieres in NYC
    • 1910 Germany & Bolivia end commerce and friendship treaty
    • 1910 US National Institute of Arts & Letters incorporated by Congress
    • 1913 Raymond Poincaré installed as President of France
    • 1915 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die
    • 1915 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
    • 1917 The Silvertown explosion: 73 die when a munitions factory in Essex explodes.
    • 1918 Soviets disallow a Constitution Assembly
    • 1918 Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles between the Red Guards and the White Guard
    • 1919 National elections held in Germany to form a National Constituent Assembly and draft a constitution
    • 1920 Alexandre Millerand forms French government
    • 1921 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
    • 1922 Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years
    • 1923 WMC-AM in Memphis TN begins radio transmissions
    • 1925 -48°F (-44°C), Van Buren, Maine (state record)
    • 1927 British government decides to send troops to China
    • 1929 Acadia National Park, Maine established
    • 1929 Clas Thunberg skates world record 500m in 42.8 sec
    • 1932 Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
    • 1934 Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement
    • 1935 KLM begins flight path between Curacao & Aruba
    • 1935 Coopers Inc. sells the world's first men's briefs in Chicago, calls it the "Jockey"
    • 1938 General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines
    • 1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record of 4.4 sec
    • 1941 British offensive in Eritrea
    • 1941 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
    • 1942 Japanese forces invade Burma
    • 1942 Titus Brandsma arrested by German occupiers
    • 1943 1st Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins
    • 1943 Joint Chiefs of Staff decide on invasion in Sicily
    • 1947 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392
    • 1949 Cuba recognises Israel.
    • 1950 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
    • 1952 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
    • 1952 PGA approves allowing black participants
    • 1955 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
    • 1955 "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
    • 1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
    • 1958 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
    • 1960 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
    • 1961 1st episode of "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
    • 1963 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill for 4th consecutive year 6-2, 6-2
    • 1964 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB
    • 1964 KFME TV channel 13 in Fargo, North Dakota (PBS) begins broadcasting
    • 1966 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
    • 1967 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will "Vse Zene" (All to wife)
    • 1968 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
    • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
    • 1969 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
    • 1969 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT
    • 1970 Dutch bishops says he is in favor of married priests
    • 1970 Nixon nominates G Harold Carswell to Supreme Court (fails)
    • 1970 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
    • 1971 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
    • 1971 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
    • 1974 Belgium government of Leburton falls
    • 1974 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
    • 1974 China and South Vietnam clash over the Paracel Islands, resulting in a Chinese victory
    • 1975 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq
    • 1975 Triple J begins broadcasting in Sydney, Australia.
    • 1977 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
    • 1977 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
    • 1977 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
    • 1978 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
    • 1978 Judge William H. Webster appointed head of FBI
    • 1979 John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison
    • 1981 US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
    • 1982 Aust-WI one-day game that produced a Privy Council libel case
    • 1982 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School, Oklahoma, kills 6 children & teacher
    • 1983 Klaus Barbie, SS chief in Lyon in Nazi-occupied France, arrested in Bolivia
    • 1984 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
    • 1984 California Supreme Court rejects the request of quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia's to starve herself to death in a public hospital
    • 1985 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda Ill
    • 1986 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises $17 million
    • 1986 Spain recognizes Israel
    • 1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
    • 1988 "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV
    • 1988 Disabled writer Christopher Nolan wins the Whitbread Book of the Year prize
    • 1990 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
    • 1990 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
    • 1991 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse, Toronto, C
    • 1991 Eastern Airlines shuts down operations
    • 1991 Jumbo Tsuruta beats Stan Hansen to win All Japan Triple Crown title
    • 1991 Sgt Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt
    • 1991 Iraq files SCUD missiles at Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel during the Gulf War
    • 1992 "City of Angels" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 878 performances
    • 1992 Cerebral Palsy telethon raises 23,500,000
    • 1992 IBM announces a nearly $5B loss for 1992
    • 1992 Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble
    • 1992 Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
    • 1993 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal
    • 1993 Oakland As unveil new elephant logo
    • 1993 Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA
    • 1993 STS-54 (Endeavour) lands
    • 1994 -20°F (-29°C) (5:32 AM) coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland Ohio
    • 1994 -36°F (-38°C) in New Whiteland, Indiana (state record)
    • 1995 Jean-Claude Juncker (28) sworn in as premier of Luxembourg
    • 1996 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season
    • 2002 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime
    • 2003 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24
    • 2003 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
    • 2006 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
    • 2006 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto
    • 2006 Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously
    • 2007 Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17 year old Turkish ultranationalist Ogün Samast.
    • 2012 FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites
    • 2013 Four climbers are killed by an avalanche in Glen Coe, Scotland
    • 2013 Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
    • 2013 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout
    • 2014 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16
    • 2014 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17
    • 2016 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015
    • 2017 Adama Barrow sworn in as President of Gambia in Dahkar as Senegalese troops enter Gambia to persuade former President Yahya Jammeh to leave
    • 2017 High-rise building collapses in Tehran, killing 20 firefighters