On This Day in:
1504 – The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries to curb private warfare.
1533 – England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.
1799 – Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
1858 – Mendelssohn’s 'Wedding March' was presented for the first time at the wedding of the daughter of Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia.
1870 – G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.
1881 – Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.
1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.
1915 – In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.
1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.
1937 – NBC radio presented the first broadcast of 'The Guiding Light.' The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBSTV in 1952.
1945 – Richard Tucker debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in the production of 'La Gioconda'.
1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
1949 – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
1950 – A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.
1959 – In the U.S., American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.
1964 – Nike was founded. The company was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports. It is now the largest sporting goods brand in the United States
1981 – The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.
1987 – The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC. The game featured TV commercials cost $550,000 for 30 seconds.
1992 – Rebel soldiers seized the national radio station in Kinshasa, Zaire's capital, and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
1995 – Two Palestinian suicide bombers from the Gaza Strip detonated powerful explosives at a military transit point in central Israel, killing 19 Israelis.
1997 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state.
1998 – Theodore Kaczynski pled guilty to federal charges for his role as the Unabomber. He agreed to life in prison without parole.
1998 – The Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos had lost 3 previous Super Bowl appearances with quarterback John Elway.
1999 – In Louisville, KY, man received the first hand transplant in the United States.
2000 – Elian Gonzalez's grandmothers met privately with U.S.
Attorney General Janet Reno as they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
2001 – Former National Football League (NFL) player Rae Carruth was sentenced to a minimum 18 years and 11 months in prison for his role in the 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Adams died a month later from her wounds. The baby survived and lives with the victim's mother.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
— Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)