1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health.
1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Raven” 1st published (NYC)
1879 – Custer Battlefield National Monument established in Montana.
1892 – The Coca-Cola Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
1900 – American League baseball organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis.
1920 – Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week.
1924 – Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland.
1936 – 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson.
1943 – U.S. cruiser “Chicago” is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island.
1951 – Baseball signs 6 year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million.
1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released.
1966 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.
1979 – US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst’s 7 year sentence to 2 years.
1982 – Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Cleveland Indians.
1988 – United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h 54m 15s.
1996 – 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins.
1998 – Woman’s Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama bombed, 1 killed.
2002 – US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes “regimes that sponsor terror” an “Axis of Evil”, which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
2006 – US 39-cent stamp is released featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award.
2015 – Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident.