Polycarp, a disciple of St. John and Bishop of Smyrna, is martyred on the west coast of Asia Minor.
In the Glen Coe highlands of Scotland, thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are murdered by soldiers of the neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe.
The four day Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, begins.
Jesse James holds up his first bank.
The Negro National League, the first black baseball league, is established by Rube Foster.
The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastates the German city of Dresden with night raids by 873 heavy bombers. The attacks are joined by 521 American heavy bombers flying daylight raids.
A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."
At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces' offensive in a two-day battle.
The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.
Enemy attacks in Vietnam decline for the third day as the United States continues its intensive bombing strategy.