St. Felix begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
The 12th recorded passage of Halley's Comet occurs.
Hernando Cortez lands in what will become Mexico.
A statute is passed limiting the sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.
Congress orders its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to send troops to reinforce the American army.
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus, which he names 'Georgium Sidus,' in honor of King George III.
Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.
Czar Alexander II is assassinated when a bomb is thrown at him near his palace.
The Germans repel a British Expeditionary Force attack at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in France.
Women are scheduled to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men.
A three-thousand-year-old archive is found in Jerusalem confirming biblical history.
Finland capitulates conditionally to Soviet terms, but maintains its independence.
Hitler issues an edict calling for an invasion of the Soviet Union.
Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
Japanese forces end their attack on the American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville.
Israel demands $1.5 billion in German reparations for the cost of caring for war refugees.
The FBI arrests Jimmy Hoffa on bribery charges.
China invites Soviet Premiere Nikita Khrushchev to visit Beijing.
Cambodia orders Hanoi and Viet Cong troops to get out.
The U.S. Senate votes 54-33 to restore the death penalty.
Arab nations decide to end the oil embargo on the United States.
The United States plans to send 15 Green Berets to El Salvador as military advisors.
Upon the death of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the new leader of the Soviet Union.
Exxon pays $1 billion in fines and costs for the clean-up of the Alaskan oil spill.