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  • 904 – Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
  • 1676 – Feodor III becomes Tsar of Russia.
  • 1814 – France defeats Russia and Prussia in the Battle of Brienne.
  • 1834 – US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
  • 1845 – “The Raven” is published in the New York Evening Mirror, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1850 – Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
  • 1856 – Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
  • 1861 – Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
  • 1863 – Bear River Massacre.
  • 1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
  • 1891 – Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
  • 1900 – The American League is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 8 founding teams.
  • 1916 – World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
  • 1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
  • 1940 – Three trains on the Sakurajima Line, in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. 181 people are killed.
  • 1943 – The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, U.S. cruiser Chicago is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.
  • 1944 – USS Missouri the last battleship commissioned by the United States Navy is launched.
  • 1944 – World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1944 – World War II: Approximately 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
  • 1944 – In Bologna, Italy, the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio is destroyed in an air-raid.
  • 1963 – The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
  • 1967 – The “ultimate high” of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.
  • 1979 – Brenda Spencer kills two people and wounds eight at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School shootings.
  • 1985 – Final recording session of We Are The World, by the supergroup USA for Africa.
  • 1989 – Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so
  • 1996 – President Jacques Chirac announces a “definitive end” to French nuclear weapons testing.
  • 1996 – La Fenice, Venice’s opera house, is destroyed by fire.
  • 1998 – In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit.
  • 2001 – Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
  • 2002 – In his State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush describes “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
  • 2005 – The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
  • 2006 – India’s Irfan Pathan becomes the first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match.

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