1837 – Michigan admitted as 26th U.S. state
1861 – Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede
1863 – Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
1905 – World’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found
1934 – Nazi Germany & Poland sign non-attack treaty for 10 years
1956 – 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
2006 – Western Union discontinues use of its telegram service.
1785 – University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States
1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
1967 – the united States, United Kingdom and Soviet Union sign the Outer space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.
1595 – William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is presumed to have it’s first performance.
1613 – Galileo Observes Neptune but fails to recognize what he sees
1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” is released
1984 – Space Shuttle 41-B (STS-11) Challenger launched
1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by the 13th state, Maryland
1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President
1862 – US Navy’s 1st ironclad warship (Monitor) launched
1933 – Adolf Hitler named German Chancellor, forms government with Von Papen
2003 – Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage
1865 – Gen Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
1990 – 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world’s biggest McDonalds
1327 – Edward III crowned King of England
1790 – US Supreme Court convenes for the first time
1793 – French Revolutionary Wars: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands
1861 – Texas secedes from the U.S.
2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry
2013 – The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, is opened to the public.