421 – Constantius III becomes co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1587 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
1861 – The Confederate States of America was formed.
1865 – In the United States, Delaware voters reject the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.)
1904 – The Russo-Japanese War began with Japan attacking Russian forces in Manchuria.
1922 – United States President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio set in the White House
1952 – Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne. Her father, George VI, had died on February 6.
1963 – The first full color television program in the world, publicly advertised, is broadcast in Mexico City by XHGC-TV, Channel 5, due to technical breakthrough advances made by Mexican engineer Guillermo González Camarena
1969 – The last issue of the “Saturday Evening Post” was published. It was revived in 1971 as a quarterly publication and later a 6 times a year.
1973 – U.S. Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
1974 – After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.
1981 – Twenty-one association football spectators are trampled to death at Karaiskakis Stadium in Neo Faliro, Greece, after a football match between Olympiacos F.C. and AEK Athens