590 – Khosrau II was crowned king of Persia.
1564 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist, was born (d. 1642).
1637 – Ferdinand III became Holy Roman Emperor.
1804 – Serbian revolution started.
1805 – Harmony Society was officially formed.
1812 Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweller, was born (d. 1902).
1820 Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist, was born (d. 1906).
1835 – The first constitutional law in modern Serbia was adopted.
1874 Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer, was born (d. 1922).
1877 Louis Renault, French automobile executive, was born (d. 1944).
1882 The first shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand.
1891 AIK was founded at Biblioteksgatan 8 in Stockholm by Isidor Behrens.
1898 – Spanish-American War: The USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbour, killing more than 260.
1906 – The British Labour Party was formed.
1909 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank, was born (d. 2010).
1909 The Flores Theatre fire in Acapulco, 250 died.
1942 The Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, British General Arthur Percival surrendered. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. The Sook Ching massacre began.
1944 The assault on Monte Cassino, started.
1944 Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks), was born.
1945 – John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp), was born.
1947 David Brown, American musician (Santana), was born (d. 2000).
1951 Jane Seymour, British actress, was born.
1952 – King George VI was buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
1959 Ali Campbell, British singer and songwriter (UB40), was born.
1960 Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club), was born.
1961 – Sabena Flight 548 crashed in Belgium, killing 73, with the entire United States Figure Skating team, several coaches and family.
1971 – Decimalisation of British coinage was completed on Decimal Day.
1976 – The 1976 Constitution of Cuba was adopted by the national referendum.
1978 New Zealand beat England in a cricket test for the first time.
1982 The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sank during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers.
1989 Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announced that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.
1991 The Visegrád Agreement, establishing cooperation to move toward free-market systems, was signed by the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland.
2003 Protests against the Iraq war occurred in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people took part, making this the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world.
2005 – YouTube, was launched in the United States.
2012 – 360 people died in a fire at a Honduran prison in the city of Comayagua.
2013 – A meteor exploded over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happened unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia