613 – Eight-month-old Constantine is crowned as co-emperor (Caesar) by his father Heraclius at Constantinople.
1506 – The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.
1901 – Edward VII is proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.
1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
1957 – The New York City “Mad Bomber”, George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
1968 – Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
1970 – The Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet”, enters commercial service for launch customer Pan American Airways with its maiden voyage from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
1973 – The crew of Apollo 17 addresses a joint session of Congress after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.
1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during a Super Bowl XVIII television commercial. Watch the commercial that aired only once at the Super Bowl. Created by Chiat/Day Advertising Agency
2002 – Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
1552 – Walter Raleigh, poet, soldier, courtier, and explorer (d. 1618)
573 – John Donne, English poet and cleric in the Church of England, wrote the Holy Sonnets. (d. 1631)
1788 – Lord Byron, English poet and playwright (d. 1824)
1875 – D. W. Griffith, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1948)
1879 – Francis Picabia, French painter and poet (d. 1953)
1898 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director and screenwriter (d. 1948)
1909 – U Thant, Burmese educator and diplomat, 3rd United Nations Secretary-General (d. 1974)
1901 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1819)
1959 – Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver (b. 1929)
1973 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States (b. 1908)
2012 – Joe Paterno, American football player and coach (b. 1926)
This list is compiled from many internet and other sources of information including wikipedia, the New York Times, a multitude of websites and old books.
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