1834 – Wake Forest University is established in North Carolina.
1863 – Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the “Territorial Enterprise”
1876 – Albert Spaulding with $800 starts sporting goods company, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf balls, & football.
1882 – Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo.
1908 – Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act.
1931 – Arkansas legislature passes a motion to pray for soul of H.L. Mencken after he calls state “apex of moronia”
1941 – US Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours.
1944 – World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
1953 – J Fred Mugs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC’s Today Show.
1959 – American Airlines Electra crashes in NY’s East River, killing 65.
1959 – “The Day the Music Died” plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa.
1962 – US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs.
1971 – OPEC mandates “total embargo” against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate.
1979 – “YMCA” by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart.
1987 – San Diego Yacht Club celebrates return of America’s Cup.
1994 – President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam.
2008 – Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 1714 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB.
2009 – Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attorney General, succeeding Michael Mukasey.
2016 – Rand Paul drops out of the Republican Presidential nomination race.