1205 -- Philip of Swabia was crowned as King of the Romans.
1540 -- King Henry VIII of England was married to Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife.
1720 -- The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble published its findings.
1759 -- George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.
1777 -- George Washington sets up winter quarters in Morristown, New Jersey.
1798 -- Jedediah Strong Smith, one of America's greatest trapper-explorers, is born in Bainbridge, NY.
1808 -- Albert Martin was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Martin served Texas as one of the "Old Eighteen" defenders of the "Come and take it cannon" in Gonzales.
1827 -- In Giles County, TN, Confederate General John Calvin Brown was born. After the Civil War, he served 2 terms as the governor of Tennessee and was a railroad president.
1838 -- Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.
1896 -- the first American women's six-day bicycle race was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1912 -- New Mexico became the 47th US state.
1919 -- Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, dies at Sagamore Hill, his estate overlooking New York's Long Island Sound.
1925 -- Auto industry maverick John DeLorean was born.
1930 -- The first diesel-engine automobile trip was completed after a run of 792 miles from Indianapolis, IN to New York City, NY.
1931 -- Thomas Edison executed his last patent application.
1941 -- Richard Widmark made his debut on radio in "The Home of the Brave".
1942 -- The first commercial around the world airline flight took place. Pan American Airlines was the company that made history with the feat.
1945 -- The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.
1950 -- Britain recognized the Communist government of China.
1952 -- "Peanuts" debuted in Sunday papers across the United States.
1957 -- Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City.
1958 -- Gibson patented its Flying V electric guitar.
1963 -- "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.
1967 -- US and South Vietnamese forces launched a major offensive, known as Operation Deckhouse V, in the Mekong River delta.
1974 -- CBS radio debuted "Radio Mystery Theatre".
1975 -- ABC-TV debuted "A.M. America".
1982 -- William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles, CA of being the "freeway killer" - he had murdered 14 young men and boys.
1987 -- After a 29 year lapse, the Ford Thunderbird was presented with the Motor Trend Car of the Year award. It was the first occurrence of a repeat winner of the award.
1994 -- Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding's ex-husband.
1996 -- Snow begins to fall in Washington, DC and up the Eastern seaboard. A blizzard begins that eventually kills 154 people and causes over $1 billion in damages before it ends. In Lynchburg, VA a record 20 inches of snow fell in a single day.
1998 -- The spacecraft, Lunar Prospect, was launched into orbit around the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon in an effort to find water under the lunar surface on July 31, 1999.
1999 -- Bob Newhart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 -- Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys became the first running back in the NFL to run gain 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons.