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1945–Reggae singer-songwriter, Bob Marley, is born Robert Nesta Marley in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. Starting in 1963, with the group The Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would resonate with audiences worldwide. Most of Bob Marley's early music was recorded with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, who together with Marley were the most prominent members of The Wailers. In 1975, he had his first solo hit outside Jamaica with No Woman, No Cry. His other hits include Stir It Up, Get Up, Stand Up, I Shot the Sheriff, and Redemption Song. His son is singer, Ziggy Marley.

60–This is the earliest date for which the day of the week is known. A graffito in Pompeii identifies this day as a “dies Solis” (Sunday). In modern times, this date would have been a Wednesday.

743–Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik, Arab caliph, dies of diphtheria at age 51.

797–Donnchad Midi, High King of Ireland, dies at age 64.

885–Emperor Daigo of Japan is born Atsuhito in Heian Kyo, Japan.

891–Photios I of Constantinople dies in Bordi, Armenia, at age 83.

976–Emperor Sanjo of Japan, is born in Heian Kyo.

1155–King Sigurd II of Norway dies in Bergen, Norway, at age 22.

1215–Japanese Emperor, Hojo Tokimasa, dies in a Buddhist monastery in Kamakura, Japan, at age 78.

1378–Joanna of Bourbon dies two days after giving birth to her youngest child in Paris, France, at age 40. She was Queen of France as the wife of King Charles V.

1452–Joanna, Princess of Portugal, is born in Lisbon, Portugal.

1564–English playwright, Christopher Marlowe, is born in Canterbury, England. He was Shakespeare’s chief rival, until his death at 29. In his short life he produced three great plays: Tamburlaine the Great, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and The Jew of Malta. He was a friend of Sir Walter Raleigh, who may have recruited him as a spy for the government of Queen Elizabeth I.

1579–The Archdiocese of Manila is made a diocese by a papal bull, with Domingo de Salazar being its first bishop.

1593–Emperor Ogimachi of Japan dies at age 75. In 1586, the Emperor abdicated in favor of his grandson, Imperial Prince Katahito, who became the Emperor Go-Yozei.

1611–Chongzhen Emperor of China is born Zhu Youjian in Forbidden City, Beijing, Ming dynasty.

1649–The claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland is declared King of Great Britain, by the Parliament of Scotland. He was not declared King by the Parliament of England or the Parliament of Ireland.

1664–Ottoman Sultan, Mustafa II, is born Mustafa bin Mehmed at Edirne Palace in Edirne, Ottoman Empire.

1665–Anne, Queen of Great Britain, is born at St. James's Palace in London, England.

1685–Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1660-1685), dies of uraemia (a clinical syndrome due to kidney dysfunction) at Whitehall Palace, London, England, at age 54. James II ascends to the throne upon the death of his brother Charles II.

1695–Ottoman sultan, Ahmed II, dies at Edirne Palace in Edirne, Turkey, at age 51.

1740–Pope Clement XII dies in Rome, Papal States, at age 87.

1748–Philosopher and academic, (Johann) Adam Weishaupt, is born in Ingolstadt, Electorate of Bavaria. He founded the Order of the Illuminati, a secret society.

1756–Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States, is born in Newark, New Jersey.

1778–France officially recognizes the new nation known as the United States of America.

1783–Gardner, Capability Brown, dies in London, England, at age 67. He was an English landscape architect. He is remembered as "England's greatest gardener." He designed over 170 parks, many of which still endure.

1788–Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1806–British naval victory against the French in the Caribbean, in the Battle of San Domingo.

1815–New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.

1819–Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.

1820–The first 86 African American immigrants, sponsored by the American Colonization Society, depart New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1833–Otto becomes the first modern King of Greece.

1840–The Treaty of Waitangi is signed, establishing New Zealand as a British Colony.

1843–The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opens at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1843–Philologist, Frederic William Henry Myers, is born in Keswick, Cumberland, England. He was a founder of the Society for Psychical Research in 1883.

1847–Architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, is born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He designed the Dakota Apartments on Central Park West, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the Western Union Telegraph Building, and the Plaza Hotel.

1851–The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region take place in the state of Victoria.

1862–During the American Civil War, forces under the command of Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew H. Foote give the Union its first victory of the war, capturing Fort Henry, Tennessee, in the Battle of Fort Henry.

1864–Ice king, Frederic Tudor, dies in Boston, Massachusetts. He founded the Tudor Ice Company and created an export trade for block ice harvested from frozen ponds in New England during the winter. The ice was shipped in insulated cargo holds to the Caribbean, India, and Europe.

1868–Thomas Nast’s depiction of Uncle Sam with whiskers first appears in print in Harper’s Weekly.

1894–Lexicographer, Eric Partridge, is born in Waimata Valley, near Gisborne, on the North Island of New Zealand. He wrote a number of books on the English language including A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, A Dictionary of Clichés, Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang, A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, and Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English.

1895–Baseball great, Babe Ruth, is born George Herman Ruth, Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from 1914 to 1935. Babe Ruth was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

1898–James Joseph Dolan dies from alcoholism in New Mexico, at age 49. He was an Union Army veteran, Republican Party leader, racketeer, gunman, cattleman, and a key player in the Lincoln County War in New Mexico, a range war that lasted until 1878.

1899–The U.S. Senate ratifies a peace treaty between the United States and Spain, ending the Spanish-American War.

1900–The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Senate of the Netherlands ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree.

1902–Lawyer, Louis Nizer, who defended blacklisted movie stars in the 1950s, is born in London, England. For a number of years, Nizer was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "highest paid lawyer in the world." Nizer was portrayed by George C. Scott in the 1975 TV movie, Fear on Trial, co-starring William Devane as the blacklisted radio personality, John Henry Faulk.

1911–The first old-age home opens in Prescott, Arizona.

1911–Actor and politician, Ronald (Wilson) Reagan, is born in Tampico, Illinois. He was the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989), and served as the 33rd Governor of California (1967-1975) prior to his presidency. As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics," advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War. In 1994, the former President disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier in the year. As an actor, he appeared in the films Brother Rat, Dark Victory, Knute Rockne All American, Santa Fe Trail, The Hasty Heart, Bedtime for Bonzo, She’s Working Her Way Through College, Cattle Queen of Montana, and Hellcats of the Navy. He also appeared on the TV shows General Electric Theatre, Wagon Train, Kraft Suspense Theatre, and Death Valley Days.

1912–Eva Braun is born Eva Anna Paula Braun in Munich, Bavaria, German Empire. She was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours, his wife. Braun met Hitler in Munich, Germany, at age 17, while she was working as an assistant and model for his personal photographer. She began seeing him regularly about two years later. She was a photographer, many of the surviving color photographs and films of Hitler were taken by Braun. The German public was unaware of Braun's relationship with Hitler until after their deaths in 1945.

1912–Historian and author, Christopher Hill, is born John Edward Christopher Hill in York, Yorkshire, England. In 1946, Hill and many other Marxist historians formed the Communist Party Historians Group. In 1952, he helped create the journal Past and Present, which focused on social history. Many of Hill's most notable studies focused on 17th-century English history. His books include Puritanism and Revolution, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution, The Century of Revolution, and The World Turned Upside Down.

1914–Voice actor, Thurl Ravenscroft, is born in Norfolk, Nebraska. He was best known for five decades as the voice of Tony the Tiger saying “They’re grrreat!” in Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials. His voice acting career began in 1940, and lasted until his death in 2005 at age 91.

1917–Actress, Zsa Zsa Gabor, is born Sári Gábor in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. She had supporting roles in movies, on Broadway, and on television. She began her stage career in Vienna, Austria, and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. Gabor emigrated to America in 1941. She appeared in the films Lovely to Look At, Moulin Rouge, Queen of Outer Space, Boy’s Night Out, and Picture Mommy Dead. She is known for having nine husbands, including hotel magnate, Conrad Hilton, and actor, George Sanders. Her sister was actress, Eva Gabor.

1918–Great Britain grants women age 30 and over the right to vote.

1918–Artist, Gustav Klimt, dies after suffering a stroke and contracting pneumonia in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, at age 55. He left many paintings unfinished. In 2012, the city of Vienna, Austria, had many special exhibitions commemorating the 150th anniversary of Klimt's birth.

1919–The American Legion is founded. It is a U.S. wartime veterans organization formed in Paris, France, by three officers of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF).

1922–The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C., limiting the naval armaments of the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France, and Italy.

1922–Actor, (Daniel) Patrick Macnee, is born in Paddington, London, England. He is best known for the role of John Steed in the TV series The Avengers. He appeared in the films A Christmas Carol, Les Girls, The Sea Wolves, The Howling, Young Doctors in Love, This Is Spinal Tap, and A View to a Kill.

1929–RCA Victor is established.

1929–Maria Christina of Austria dies of heart disease in Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain, at age 70.

1931–Actor, Rip Torn, is born Elmore Rudolph Torn, Jr. in Temple, Texas. Of all the cool “abstract” names that actors took on the 1950s and early 1960s, his shows a vivid sense of humor. Oddly, being given the name "Rip" has been a family tradition of men in the Torn family for several generations, so apparently Hollywood had nothing to do with it. He is well known for the role of Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. He appeared in the films Baby Doll, Sweet Bird of Youth, Critic’s Choice, The Cincinnati Kid, Coma, Heartland, One Trick Pony, Cross Creek, Nadine, Defending Your Life, Men in Black, and Wonder Boys. He was married to actresses Ann Wedgeworth and Geraldine Page. Torn delighted in the fact that the doorbell of he and his second wife’s New York townhouse read “Torn Page.” Actress, Sissy Spacek, is his cousin.

1931–Actress, Mamie Van Doren, is born Joan Lucille Olander in Rowena, South Dakota. A model, singer, and sex symbol, she is known for being one of the first actresses to imitate the look and style of Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren was discovered by Howard Hughes on the night she was crowned Miss Palm Springs. The pair dated for several years and Hughes launched her career by placing her in several RKO films. She appeared in the films Forbidden, The All American, Untamed Youth, The Girl in Black Stockings, Teacher’s Pet, High School Confidential, Born Reckless, The Beat Generation, Sex Kittens Go to College, and 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt.

1931–Indian freedom fighter, Motilal Nehru, dies in Lucknow, British India, at age 69. He was the founder patriarch of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

1932–Filmmaker, actor and director, Francois Truffaut, is born in Paris, France. His parents didn't want him around, and he spent his childhood with his grandmother, forgetting his loneliness through books and movies. He estimates that he watched about 2,000 movies between the age of 10 and 15. He and a friend formed a cinema club, and he became a writer for the French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. He was one of the founders of the French New Wave movement. He appeared as an actor in many of his films, and is remembered for the role of a UFO scientist-investigtor in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Truffaut’s films include The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, Fahrenheit 451, Day for Night, and The Last Metro.

1933–The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, changing the start of congressional, vice-presidential, and presidential terms from March to January.

1934–Far-right leagues rally in front of the Palais Bourbon in an attempted coup against the French Third Republic, creating a political crisis in France.

1936–The IV Winter Olympic Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

1939–Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father, is released from Parchment Penitentiary in McComb, Mississippi, after serving eight months of a 14-month sentence for check forgery.

1940–News anchorman, Tom Brokaw, is born Thomas John Brokaw in Webster, South Dakota. He is best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004.

1941–Pop singer, Dave Berry, is born David Holgate Grundy in Woodhouse, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He performed a mixture of R&B and pop ballads and was popular in Britain and Continental Europe, especially Belgium and the Netherlands, but had no commercial success in America.

1942–The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand.

1943–Having left the Tommy Dorsey Band four months prior, Frank Sinatra makes his vocalist debut on the radio show Your Hit Parade.

1943–Teen idol, Fabian Forte, is born Fabiano Anthony Forte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Forte rose to national prominence after performing several times on the TV show American Bandstand. He became a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He had big hits with Tiger, Hound-Dog Man, and Turn Me Loose. He appeared in the films Houng-Dog Man, High Time, North to Alaska, Love in a Goldfish Bowl, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Five Weeks in a Balloon, The Longest Day, Ride the Wild Surf, Dear Brigitte, and Ten Little Indians.

1943–Actress, Gayle Hunnicutt, is born in Fort Worth, Texas. She appeared in the films The Wild Angels, Marlowe, The Love Machine, Voices, and The Legend of Hell House. She was married to British actor, David Hemmings for five years in the early 1970s.

1944–Actor, Michael Tucker, is born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is best known for his role on the NBC-TV series L.A. Law. He appeared in the films An Unmarried Woman, Eyes of Laura Mars, Diner, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Tin Men, and Radio Days. He is married to actress, Jill Eikenberry.

1945–Actor, Steven Keats, is born in the Bronx, New York. He appeared in the films The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Death Wish, The Gambler, Hester Street, The Gumball Rally, Black Sunday, The American Success Company, and Turk 182!

1945–Reggae singer-songwriter, Bob Marley, is born Robert Nesta Marley in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica. Starting in 1963, with the group The Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would resonate with audiences worldwide. Most of Bob Marley's early music was recorded with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, who together with Marley were the most prominent members of The Wailers. In 1975, he had his first solo hit outside Jamaica with No Woman, No Cry. His other hits include Stir It Up, Get Up, Stand Up, I Shot the Sheriff, and Redemption Song. His son is singer, Ziggy Marley.

1946–Folk singer, Kate McGarrigle, is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She rose to prominence with her sister, Anna McGarrigle, when they recorded together in the 1970s. Once married to folk singer, Loudon Wainwright III, Kate was the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

1948–The first radio-controlled airplane takes flight.

1950–Singer, Natalie (Maria) Cole, is born in Los Angeles, California. Her biggest hit was This Will Be. She was the daughter of singer, Nat King Cole.

1951–The Canadian Army enters combat in the Korean War.

1951–Radio commentator, Paul Harvey, is arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne Atomic Lab (in Illinois), to demonstrate weak security at the facility.

1951–The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train, derails near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. The accident kills 85 people and injures over 500 others.

1952–George VI, King of Great Britain (1936-1952), dies from a coronary thrombosis in his sleep in Sandringham House, Norfolk, England, at age 56. His daughter, Elizabeth ascends to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.

1956–Actor, Jon Walmsley, is born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He is best known for the role of Jason Walton on the TV series The Waltons.

1957–Actress, Kathy (Ann) Najimy, is born in San Diego, California. She has appeared in the films Soapdish, The Fisher King, Sister Act, This Is My Life, Hocus Pocus, It’s Pat, Hope Floats, and Rat Race.

1957–Comedian-actor, Robert Townsend, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He has appeared in the films Cooley High, Streets of Fire, A Soldier’s Story, American Flyers, Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, and The Parent ‘Hood.

1958–The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and perhaps John "Duff" Lowe) perform at Wilson Hall, Garston, Liverpool. Although the memories of the participants differ greatly as to when George Harrison met The Quarry Men for the first time, it is generally accepted that February 6th is the most plausible date. George was never officially asked to become a member of The Quarry Men, but he worked his way into the group by persistently sitting in during rehearsals and filling in when one of The Quarry Men was unable to perform. It wasn't a lack of talent that kept George from receiving an invitation to join the group, it was his age: John Lennon saw George as a young kid who followed he and his girlfriend, Cynthia, around Liverpool, not as an equal or potential partner.

1958–Eight Manchester United F.C. players and 15 other passengers are killed in an air disaster in Munich, Germany.

1959–Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on the TV show Person to Person.

1959–The first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is achieved at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1959–Jack Kilby, of Texas Instruments, files the first patent for an integrated circuit.

1962–Axl Rose, of Guns N’ Roses, is born William Bruce Rose, Jr. (but raised as William Bruce Bailey) in Lafayette, Indiana. The band’s hit albums include Appetite for Destruction, G N’ R Lies, Use Your Illusion I & II, The Spaghetti Incident? and Chinese Democracy.

1964–Tickets to The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show sell out (the tickets are free as they are for all TV shows, but all of them are claimed).

1964–Gord Downie, lead singer for The Tragically Hip, is born Gordon Edgar Downie in Amherstview, Ontario, Canada.

1964–Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippines, dies of coronary thrombosis in Quezon City, Philippines, at age 94.

1965–A chart topper: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers.

1966–Singer, Rick Astley, is born Richard Paul Astley in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. He is best remembered for his song, Never Gonna Give You Up, which was a #1 hit single in 25 countries.

1968–The X Winter Olympic Games open in Grenoble, France.

1972–The 29th Annual Golden Globe Awards announces its winners. Best Picture: The French Connection; Best Actor: Gene Hackman for The French Connection; Best Actress: Jane Fonda for Klute; Best Director: William Friedkin for The French Connection; Best Musical: Fiddler on the Roof; Best Foreign Film: Sunday Bloody Sunday (United Kingdom) and The Policeman (Israel).

1974–The U.S. House of Representatives approves an impeachment inquiry against Richard Nixon.

1976–In testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Lockheed Corporation president, Carl Kotchian, admits that the company has paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

1976–Jazz pianist, Vince Guaraldi, dies of a heart attack at the Red Cottage Lodge in Menlo Park, California, at age 47. He composed the innovative music for the "Charlie Brown" TV specials.

1978–Muriel Humphrey fills the U.S. Senate seat of her late husband, Minnesota Senator and former U.S. Vice President, Hubert Humphrey.

1978–The Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst Nor'easters in New England history, hits the region with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.

1981–The National Resistance Army of Uganda launches an attack on an Ugandan Army installation in the central Mubende District, beginning the Ugandan Bush War.

1981–Composer, Hugo Montenegro, dies of emphysema in Palm Springs, California, at age 55. He was an orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Among the films he scored are Hurry Sundown, Lady in Cement, The Undefeated, Viva Max!, The Ambushers, The Wrecking Crew, and Charo!

1985–Perrier introduces Perrier with “a twist of lemon.” It is the company’s first new product in 125 years. This new flavor must have been marketed for the maturing Baby Boomers.

1986–Architect, Minoru Yamasaki, dies of stomach cancer in Detroit, Michigan, at age 73. He designed the original World Trade Center in New York City.

1987–Singer and record producer, Sonny Bono, declares his candidacy for Mayor of Palm Springs, California.

1987–Justice Mary Gaudron is the first woman to be appointed to the High Court of Australia.

1987–No smoking rules take effect in all U.S Federal Government buildings.

1988–Basketball player, Michael Jordan, makes his signature slam dunk from the free throw. line inspiring Air Jordan and the Jumpman logo.

1989–The Round Table Talks start in Poland, marking the beginning of the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe.

1990–Over 200 women file court actions against rock and roll singer, Chuck Berry, after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.

1990–Songwriter, Jimmy Van Heusen, dies of a stroke in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 77. Van Heusen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 14 times and won 4 times: in 1944 for Swinging on a Star, 1957 for All the Way, 1959 for High Hopes, and 1963 for Call Me Irresponsible.

1991–Actor, Danny Thomas, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, at age 79. Thomas was best known for starring in the TV sitcom Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show). He was the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

1993–Tennis player, Arthur Ashe, dies of AIDS-related pneumonia in New York, New York, at age 49. In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. He publicly announced his illness in April 1992, and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS.

1994–Actor, Joseph Cotten, dies of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California, at age 88. He appeared in the films Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Shadow of a Doubt, Gaslight, Duel in the Sun, Portrait of Jennie, Niagra, Touch of Evil, Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and Soylent Green.

1994–Cartoonist, Jack Kirby, dies of heart failure in Thousand Oaks, California, at age 76. He was the creator of “Captain America,” “Fantastic Four,” “Fourth World,” “Hulk,” “Young Romance,” and “X-Men.”

1995–Former Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, marries Melinda Ledbetter.

1995–Poet, James Merrill, dies of an AIDS-related heart attack in Tucson, Arizona, at age 68. His collection, First Poems, was published in 1951, to great acclaim. He followed with 14 more volumes of poetry, including the award-winning Nights and Days, Braving the Elements, and Divine Comedies, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.

1996–Floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon cause over $500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest.

1996–Birgenair Flight 301 crashes off the coast of the Dominican Republic, killing all 189 people on board.

1996–Actor, Guy Madison, dies of emphysema in Palm Springs, California, at age 74. He is best known as the title character in the TV series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, which ran for seven years.

1997–In England, Diane Blood wins the right to be inseminated by her deceased husband’s sperm. Mrs. Blood had been fighting for the right to use the sperm of her husband, Stephen, after his death in 1995.

1998–Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

1998–Singer, Falco, dies in a car accident on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, at age 40. It was determined that he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. He had a big hit with Rock Me Amadeus in 1985.

1998–Carl Wilson, founding member of The Beach Boys and brother of Brian Wilson, dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 51. Despite his illness, Carl continued to perform while undergoing chemotherapy. He played and sang throughout The Beach Boys' entire summer tour which ended in the fall of 1997. During the performances, he sat on a stool, but he stood while singing God Only Knows.

2000–During the Second Chechen War, Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile.

2003–ABC-TV's 20/20 broadcasts the British documentary, Living with Michael Jackson, which makes some interesting accusations about the singer.

2005–Super Bowl XXXIX: The New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21.

2007–Singer, Frankie Laine, dies of heart failure in San Diego, California, at age 93. He is best known for singing the theme song to the Western TV series Rawhide. His other hits include Mule Train, Jezebel, High Noon, Cool Water, and Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain.

2009–Actor, James Whitmore, dies of lung cancer in Malibu, California, at age 87. He appeared in the films The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, The Red Badge of Courage, Angels in the Outfield, Kiss Me Kate, Them!, Oklahoma!, Crime in the Streets, The Eddy Duchin Story, The Young Don’t Cry, Who Was That Lady?, Black Like Me, Planet of the Apes, The Harrad Experiment, Nuts, and The Shawshank Redemption.

2011–Super Bowl XLV: The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.

2011–Gary Moore, of Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, dies of an alcohol-induced heart attack in Estepona, Malaga Province, Spain, at age 58.

2012–A 6.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Negros Island, near the central Philippines, killing at least 51 people and injuring 112 others.

2012–Actor, Peter Breck, dies from dementia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at age 82. He is best known for the role of Victoria Barkley's middle son Nick in the popular TV Western The Big Valley.

2013–An 8.0 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands, killing 10 people and injuring 17 others.

2014–After 22 years, Jay Leno steps down as host of The Tonight Show. It is Leno's second departure from the late night hit (the first being his exit in 2009, and his controversial return in 2010), His final show features guests Billy Crystal (Leno's first guest in 1992) and Garth Brooks.

2016–Social media giant, Twitter, claims to have closed down 125,000 accounts linked to ISIL.

2016–Protesters rally against Islam and immigration in several European cities, amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

2016–A 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan. Five people are killed and 154 people are hospitalised. The quake toppled two high-rise buildings in the city of Tainan: at least 160 people are rescued, but many more are trapped inside.

2016–Five people are killed in an avalanche in Austria. Seventeen others (Czechs) are buried in the snow.

2016–Twin brothers are killed and six others are injured in a sledding accident on an Olympic bobsledding course at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

2016–Musician, Dan Hicks, dies of liver cancer in Mill Valley, California, at age 74. He was a singer-songwriter who combined cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music. He led the band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.

2017–U.S. Representative, Matt Gaetz, proposes a bill to eliminate the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

2017–Queen Elizabeth II marks her 65th anniversary as sovereign, making her the only British monarch to commemorate a Sapphire Jubilee.

2017–A herd of Plains bison are successfully reintroduced to the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, more than 100 years after they were nearly hunted out of existence.

2017–A large blue-green fireball streaks across the Midwestern U.S. sky, at about 1:30 a.m. It is recorded by numerous police dash cams.

2017–Comedian, Irwin Corey, dies in Manhattan, New York, at age 102. He introduced his unscripted, improvisational style of stand-up comedy at the well-known club, the hungry i, in San Francisco, California. He appeared in the films How to Commit Marriage, Fore Play, Car Wash, Thieves, The Comeback Trail, Stuck on You, Crackers, Jack, and I’m Not Rappaport.

2018–SpaceX launches its long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket, as a feat the space company hopes will lead to increased commercial and national security missions.

2018–A routine National Weather Service test results in a false notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning on the East Coast.

2018–Multiple earthquakes, including a magnitude 6.4, strike near Hualien City, Taiwan. At least two people are killed and over 100 others are injured. Many structures in the city suffer extensive damage.

2018–Internet pioneer, John Perry Barlow, dies in his sleep at age 70. He was a poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who had been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties. He was also a former lyricist for The Grateful Dead and a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation.

PHOTOS TOP TO BOTTOM: Christopher Marlowe; Singapore 1819; the Dakota Apartment building; Babe Ruth baseball card; President Ronald Reagan; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Gustav Klimt; Rip Torn; Mamie Van Doren; Fabian; Bob Marley; King George VI; The Quarry Men; The Righteous Brothers picture sleeve; Vince Guaraldi CD; Jimmy Van Heusen; Joseph Cotten; Guy Madison; Carl Wilson; Peter Breck; and Queen Elizabeth II.

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