1903 – The Hay-Herran Treaty concerning the USA’s right to the Panama Canal is signed by the Colombian Charge d’affaires in Washington, D.C. (never ratified)
1908 – Katie Mulchahey is arrested for lighting a cigarette, violating the 1-day old “Sullivan Ordinance” banning women from smoking in public, and is fined $5. Appearing before the judge she stated “I’ve as much right to smoke as you have. I never heard of this new law, and I don’t want to hear about it. No man shall dictate to me”
1930 – -35 degrees F. Mount Carroll, Illinois (state record)
1931 – Jazz trumpeter Clyde McCoy records “Sugar Blues” for Columbia Records; sells over 14 million copies internationally.
1940 – 1st radio broadcast of “Road to Happiness” on CBS.
1945 – Heavy US air raid on Okinawa.
1947 – 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens in Hollywood, California.
1954 – 11th Golden Gloves: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win.
1960 – 10th NBA All-Star Game, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia, Warriors, C.
1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres on NBC.
1970 – 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, Pan American World Airways flies from New York City to London in 6½ hours.
1973 – Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions.
1982 – 75% of North America is covered with snow.
1988 – Defending championship Mike Tyson beats former titleholder Larry Holmes by TKO in round 4 at Convention Centre, Atlantic City to retain his undisputed heavyweight boxing title.
1990 – Will Clark, NL’s MVP signs a $15M-4 year contract with Saints.
1997 – Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth.
2002 – Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2016 – Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorist for 24 hours in Somerset and Bedford counties, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
2018 – US government ends three-day shutdown after an agreement in Congress to extend funding.