1504 – The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries to curb private warfare.
1533 – England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.
1799 – Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was presented for the first time at the wedding of the daughter of Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia.
1870 – G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.
1881 – Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.
1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.
1915 – In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.
1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.
1937 – NBC radio presented the first broadcast of “The Guiding Light.” The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBS-TV in 1952.
1945 – Richard Tucker debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in the production of “La Gioconda”.
1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
1949 – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
1950 – A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
1959 – In the U.S., American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.
1964 – Nike was founded. The company was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports.
1971 – Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.
1981 – The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.
1987 – The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC. The game featured TV commercials cost $550,000 for 30 seconds.
1998 – The Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos had lost 3 previous Super Bowl appearances with quarterback John Elway.
2010 – In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.
2011 – A revolution began in Egypt with the demonstrations that demanded the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s rule.