|The forces of the infante Ferdinand of Majorca fought againstthose loyal to Princess Matilda of Hainaut in the Battle of Picotin onthe Peloponnese peninsula in Greece.
|Robert II became King of Scots was the first monarch of the House of Stewart.
|Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, in which he advocated Copernican heliocentrism, was delivered to his patron, Grand Duke Ferdinando.
|America's first President George Washington was born.
|The British fleet was defeated by the combined Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Tulon.
|Under the terms of the Adams–Onís Treaty, Spain sold Florida And other North American territory to the United States for about US$5 million.
|Spain sold the state of Florida to the US for 5 million dollars.
|Founded as Washington University Eliot Seminary in St. Louis.
|Robert Bedle Powell, the founder of the international body of scouts, was born in a religious house in London. He established an international institution of scouts with the aim of bringing forth the youth in the society and helping the weak.
|Tennessee created a new constitution abolishing slavery.
|Johns Hopkins University was founded in Baltimore.
|The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland , named after philanthropist Johns Hopkins, who gave the largest philanthropic bequest in U.S. history for its foundation, opened.
|Swedish women Karolina Olsson went to sleep and purportedly fell into a state of hibernation for the next 32 years.
|The Union Labor Party was held in Cincinnati.
|Philippine–American War: Filipino forces launched their first counterattack in a failed attempt aimed at recapturing Manila from the Americans.
|The sixteen United States Navy battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by Connecticut, complete a circumnavigation of the globe.
|The Revolutionary President of Mexico Francisco Madero was killed by the army. In this incident, Vice President Pino Sverez was also killed along with him.
|Mahatma Gandhi's wife Kasturba Gandhi died.
|Cincinnati Gardens opened in the city of Cincinnati.
|Elvis Presley entered the United States Music Chart for the first time at the "Heartbreak Hotel".
|Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli signed a union pact to form the United Arab Republic.
|The United Kingdom granted independence to St. Lucia.
|The declaration of military rule in Afghanistan was announced.
|At the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the United States ice hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in an unlikely victory that became known as the Miracle on Ice.
|The play Moose Murders opened and closed on the same night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City, becoming the standard of 'awfulness' against which all Broadway theatre failures are judged.
|At least 99 prison rioters were killed by the Algiers Police.
|The photos taken by the Corona spy satellite program were classified under an executive order signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
|Actress Halle Berry filed divorce from David Justice.
|A team of researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announced for the first time a 'clone' from a cell extracted from a mammalian organism.
|LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian ladies Open was won by Annika Sorenstam.
|Scientists at The Roslin Institute in Scotland announced the birth of a cloned sheep named Dolly, the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell, seven months after the fact.
|The 1998 Winter Olympics were held in Nagano in Japan.
|18th Winter Olympic games closed at Nagano, Japan.
|1 billionth song was sold by Apple’s iTunes Store.
|At least six men staged Britain's biggest cash robbery ever, stealing £53,116,760 in bank notes from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
|Planning for a 20 – 25 billion euro financial aid plan for Greece was denied by Germany and the European Union.
|An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale killed 181 people in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
|Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi appears on television and claims to remain head of the revolution.
|New Zealand suffered one of its worst peacetime disasters whena 6.5 ML earthquake struck Christchurch.
|Bahraini uprising-Tens of thousands of people marched in protest in Manama against the deaths of seven people killed by police and army forces during previous protests.
|Thousands of people commemorate the first anniversary of the earthquake where 185 people died last year, in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch.
|A train failed to apply its brakes and crashed through a bufferstop at Once Station in Buenos Aires, resulting in 51 deaths and morethan 700 injuries.
|The United Kingdom’s bond credit rating is downgraded for the first time in history.
|Matteo Renzi a 39 year old Former Florentine has been inaugurated as Prime Minister of Italy.
|Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to rule China in her ownright, abdicated the throne, restoring the Tang Dynasty.