1912, Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.
1917, The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
1929, Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.
1945, Soviet forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw. The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
1946, The UN Security council holds its first session.
1949, The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex."
1977, Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital Punishment in the United States.
1982, "Cold Sunday" - in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
1989, Cleveland School massacre: Patrick Purdy opens fire with an assault rifle at the Cleveland Elementary School playground, killing five children and wounding 29 others and one teacher before taking his own life.
1996, The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union.
1998, Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.
2001, President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis' rank from Lieutenant to Captain.
2007, The Doomsday clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea nuclear testing.
2008, British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first airline accident that resulted in a Boeing 777 hull loss.
2010, Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, which resulting in at least 200 deaths.
1903, Warren Hull
1905, Peggy Gilbert, Ray Cunningham
1908, Cus D'Amato
1911, George Joseph Stigler
1914, William Stafford
1916, Peter Frelinghuysen
1918, George M. Leader
1922, Robert De Niro, Sr., Nicholas Katzenbach, Betty White
1925, Robert Cormier, Edgar Ray Killen
1926, Newton N. Minow
1927, Tom Dooley, E. W. Swackhammer, Eartha Kitt
1928, Vidal Sassoon
1930, Eddie LeBaron
1931, James Earl Jones, L. Douglas Wilder, Don Zimmer
1932, Sheree North
1935, Ruth Ann Minner
1938, John Bellairs
1939, Maury Povich
1942, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Parsons
1943, Geoffrey Deuel, Chris Montez
1949, Andy Kaufman
1952, Darrell Porter, Larry Fortensky
1954, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
1957, Steve Harvey, Ann Nocenti
1960, John Crawford
1971, Kid Rock, Ann Wolfe
1974, Derrick Mason
2001, Gregory Corso
2002, Queenie Leonard
2003, Richard Crenna
2004, Harry Brecheen, Ray Stark, Noble Willingham
2005, Virginia Mayo, Albert Schatz
2006, Clarence Ray Allen
2007, Art Buchwald
2008, Bobby Fischer, Ernie Holmes, Allan Melvin
2010, Gaines Adams