|Yuhen Gottenberg, who invented the printing machine, died.
|The identity of English highwayman Dick Turpin, who had beenliving under an alias in York, was uncovered by his formerschoolteacher, who recognised his handwriting, leading to Turpin'sarrest.
|The Battle of the Alamo began with the American settler army surrounded by the Mexican army under Santa Anna.
|Mexican–American War-The United States Army used heavyartillery to repulse the much larger Mexican army at the Battle of BuenaVista near Saltillo, Coahuila.
|American chemist and inventor Martin Hale discovered aluminum.
|The London Times began publishing the world's first classified advertisement.
|Jaap Eden set a 10 km skating world record.
|The Cuban–American Treaty was finalized, allowing the UnitedStates to lease Guantánamo Bay from Cuba in perpetuity for the purposesof operating coaling and naval stations.
|For $ 10 million, the United States acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone.
|Rotary International was established.
|The Silver Dart was flown off the ice of Bras d'Or Lake on CapeBreton Island, making it the first controlled powered flight in Canadaand the British Empire.
|German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg wrote a letter to fellow physicist Wolfgang Pauli in which he described his uncertainty principle for the first time.
|Russian forces captured the island of Lasi near Greece.
|Plutonium was first chemically identified by chemist Glenn T. Seaborg and his team at the University of California, Berkeley.
|In response to an insurgency in Chechnya, the Soviet Union began the forced deportation of native Chechens and Ingush population of North Caucasus to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
|The US hoisted its flag on Japan-controlled island Evo Jima.
|Second World War-In an Allied bombing run on Pforzheim,Germany, approximately 31% of the town's population were killed and 83% of its buildings were destroyed.
|American photographer Joe Rosenthal took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima during the Battle of IwoJima, an image that was later reproduced as the U.S. Marine Corps WarMemorial.
|The International Standardization Organization established the world standard.
|The International Organization for Standardization, responsible for worldwide industrial and commercial standards, was founded.
|The Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act was passed.
|Argentina's legendary Formula One driver Khuan Manuel Fangio was kidnapped by two men.
|Actress Madhubala died.
|The country became the Republic of Guyana and today was declared the national day of this country.
|A situation of political uncertainty had arisen in Spain, when the right-wing army overthrew the administration.
|Light from the supernova SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud reached the Earth.
|Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building and kills 1.
|NBC TV shows 'Schindler's List,' completely uncensored, 65 million watch.
|Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM.
|42nd Grammy Awards, Santana, Sarah McLachlan and Sting win major awards.
|Davison of Canada broke the record of Kapil Dev made in 1983 by scoring the fastest century of the World Cup.
|45th Grammy Awards, Norah Jones and John Mayer win major awards.
|The controversial French law on colonialism, requiring lycéeteachers to teach their students 'the positive role' of Frenchcolonialism, was passed, creating so much public uproar and opposition that it was repealed less than one year later.
|Pakistan tested Shaheen-2.
|A Virgin Trains Pendolino express train from London Euston to Glasgow Central derailed near Grayrigg, Cumbria, UK, killing one person and injuring 22.
|The State Senate of Maryland approves a bill allowing same-sex marriage in the state.
|In Washington State, six tanks are reported to be leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation; the leak has not posed an immediate health risk.
|Canada's Security Intelligence Service believes the presence of Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in the country may lead to possible attacks.
|The 22nd Winter Olympic Games ended in Sochi, Russia.
|The Sochi Winter Olympics ends; on this last day of the competitions, Canada beats Sweden in men's hockey, keeping Canada as the reigning gold winner in two consecutive Winter Games.
|Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins his second Daytona 500 race, 10 years after his first win, in a race postponed for hours by heavy rain.
|US primary election: Nevada Republican Donald Trump won with 45.9.5%.