1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center, killing all seven of its crew members: flight commander Francis R. "Dick" Scobee; pilot Michael Smith; Ronald McNair; Ellison Onizuka; Judith Resnik; Gregory Jarvis; and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
1915 1st US ship lost in WWI, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK).
1944 683 British bombers attack Berlin.
1945 During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
1973 A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
2003 President Bush, girding the nation for war, said in his State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein had shown "utter contempt" for the world community and had to be held to account.
2007 U.S.-backed Iraqi troops attacked insurgents allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival; Iraqi officials estimated some 300 militants died in the daylong battle near Najaf. (A U.S. helicopter crashed during the fight, killing two American soldiers.)
1982 US General Dozier freed from Red Brigade of Padua Italy.
1393 Fire during Royal Ball at Paris, 4 die (Ball of the Ardents).
1978 Fire swept through the historic downtown Coates House hotel in Kansas City, Mo., killing 20 people.
1981 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision.
1994 Helicopter crashes into office building in San Jose CA, 1 dead.
1998 The day after denying he "had sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky", President Bill Clinton barnstormed in the nation's heartland, where he was warmly received; accompanying him was Vice President Al Gore, who urged Americans to "join me in supporting him and standing by his side." The day before, Clinton delivered both his denial of the Lewinsky affair and his State of the Union address.
1962 Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times in Rhodesia & survives.
1978 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife.
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1984 Mr Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas NV.
1984 Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany.
1987 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant.
1829 William Burke murderer/body snatcher, executed in Edinburgh.
1950 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud.
1915 US President Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates.
1973 "Barnaby Jones" premieres on CBS TV.
1978 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV.
1810 Andrew Hofer Tyrolian rebel against French & Bavarians, shot dead.
1935 Iceland becomes 1st country to legalize abortion.
1988 Canada's Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional.
1960 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises.
1878 The first daily college newspaper, Yale News (now Yale Daily News), began publication in New Haven, Conn.
1909 The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
1914 Beverly Hills, California, is incorporated.
1878 1st telephone exchange (New Haven CT).
1878 George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator.
1915 The United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed into law a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service.
1916 Louis D. Brandeis was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to the Supreme Court; Brandeis became the court's first Jewish member.
2003 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party and other hawkish parties won a resounding victory in Israel's parliamentary elections.
2007 Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, met with New York schoolchildren as they visited Harlem during their whirlwind American weekend.
1722 Johann Ernst Bach composer.
1825 George Edward Pickett Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1875.
1853 Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana.
1910 John Banner Vienna Austria, actor (Sergeant Hans Schultz-Hogan's Heroes).
1912 Jackson Pollock Cody WY, abstract artist (Lavender Mist).
Musician-composer Acker Bilk is 79. Actor Nicholas Pryor is 73. Actor Alan Alda is 72. Actress Susan Howard is 66. Actress Marthe Keller is 63. Actress-singer Barbi Benton is 58. Actress Harley Jane Kozak is 51. Movie director Frank Darabont is 49. Rock musician Dave Sharp is 49. Rock singer Sam Phillips is 46. Rock musician Dan Spitz (Anthrax) is 45. Country musician Greg Cook (Ricochet) is 43. Singer Sarah McLachlan is 40. Rapper Rakim is 40. DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) is 40. Actress Kathryn Morris ("Cold Case") is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Hamilton is 37. Rock musician Brandon Bush (Train) is 35. Singer Joey Fatone Jr. ('N Sync) is 31. Actress Rosamund Pike is 29. Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 28. Actor Elijah Wood is 27.
814 Charlemagne German emperor/Roman Emperor (800-814), dies at 71.
1547 England's King Henry the VIII died; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward the VI.
1980 Jimmy Durante New York City NY, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86.
2003 John Philip Thompson, who expanded his family's business into the nationwide 7-Eleven chain, died at age 77.
2007 The Rev. Robert Drinan, a priest who'd represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House during the 1970s, died in Washington, D.C., at age 86.
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