1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government
1865 – New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad Street, near Wall Street in New York City.
1923 – 1st broadcast of “Barn Dance Show” (WBAP – Fort Worth, Texas)
1936 – Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.
1945 – US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack.
1954 – Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, “It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You” and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way.
1957 – Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000.
1962 – 1st automated (unmanned) subway train in New York City.
1965 – LBJ’s “Great Society” State of the Union Address.
1970 – AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, 17-7; Chiefs defense forces 4 interceptions.
1975 – New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for 25 years.
1981 – “Peter Pan” closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances.
1984 – Adrian Dantley ties Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record for most free throws made in a game by converting 28 of 29 free throws in Utah’s 116-111 win over Houston at Las Vegas.
1995 – Newt Gingrich (R) becomes speaker of the US House of Representatives.
1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota.
2000 – A day after accepting the head coaching position at the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns and moves to the New England Patriots.
2004 – Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the 1st female Speaker of the House.
2018 – ‘Bomb Cyclone’ hits US Northeast prompting flooding and snow in New York subway system.