- 1827 US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils
- 1845 H L Fizeau & Leon Foucault take 1st photo of the Sun
- 1860 1st Italian Parliament meets at Turin
- 1863 Bread revolt in Richmond, Virginia
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- 1864 Skirmish at Crump’s Hill (Piney Woods), Louisiana
- 1864 Skirmish at Spoonville, Antoine, Arkansas
- 1865 Battle of Petersburg ends as the Army of Northern Virginia is forced to retreat under heavy fire from a general Union offensive
- 1947 Carlo Terron’s “Il diamente del profeta” premieres in Rome
- 1950 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
- 1953 Raab forms his 1st government in Austria
- 1954 Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
- 1956 Peter Ustinovs’ “Romanoff & Juliet” premieres in Manchester
- 1956 Soap operas “As the World Turns” & “Edge of Night” premiere on TV
- 1958 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
- 1958 Wind speed reaches a record 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas
- 1960 Mabry Harper catches a world record 25lb Walleye at Cedar Bluff on the Cumberland River in Tennessee
- 1960 Cuba buys oil from USSR
- 1960 KPEC TV channel 56 in Lakewood Center-Tacoma, WA (PBS) 1st broadcast
- 1962 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
- 1963 Explorer 17 attains Earth orbit (254/914 km)
- 1963 USSR launches Luna 4; missed Moon by 8,500 km
- 1964 Military coup in Brazil by Gen Castello Branco, President Goulart ousted
- 1964 USSR launches Zond 1 to Venus; no data returned
- 1965 Hochhuths play “Stellvertreter” banned in Italy
- 1966 Soviet Union’s Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
- 1966 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 1968 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
- 1968 Chad creates Union of Central African States
- 2013 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
- 2013 Uruguay passes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
- 2015 140 people are killed after gunmen attack Garissa University College, Kenya
- 2017 Attack on visitors to Muslim shrine by a custodian and others in Sargodha, Pakistan leaves 20 dead
- 2017 ANA Inspiration Women’s Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins 2nd major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson who had earlier been penalised 4 strokes
- 2017 36th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A’ja Wilson, 23 points
- 2017 WrestleMania XXXIII, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: Roman Reigns defeats The Undertaker; Brock Lesnar beats Goldberg, first wrestler to win both WWE and Universal Championships
- 2018 ANA Inspiration Women’s Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden gains her first pro win in a sudden-death playoff against Inbee Park and Jennifer Song that extends to 8 holes
- 2018 80th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats Michigan, 79–62; Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo 31 points
- 2019 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) resigns after 20 years in office after widespread protests over running for another term
- 2019 Canada is warming at twice the speed of the rest of the world, according to a federal report, increasing 2.3% in northern Canada
- 2019 70 villages evacuated in Khuzesta province, Iran, after at least 45 killed in flooding after unprecedented rainfall
- 2019 Lori Lightfoot elected first female African American Mayor of Chicago
- 2019 NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024
- 2019 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to have 20+ points, rebounds and assists in a game; records 20-20-21 in 119-103 win over LA Lakers
- 2020 Record 6.6 million Americans filed claims for unemployment in last week according to the US Department of Labor, 10 million over 2 weeks
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