The Praetorian Guards murder Roman Emperor Caligula "Little sandal" and his family.
German author, jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist E. T. A. Hoffmann (The Nutcracker and the Mouse King) born in Königsberg, Prussia.
The California gold rush begins when James W Marshall discovers gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento, California.
Author Edith Wharton (Ethan Frome) born in New York.
Painter Robert Motherwell born in Aberdeen, Washington.
Chicago sportscaster legend Jack Brickhouse born in Peoria, Illinois.
The first can of beer produced - Krueger Finest Beer.
Singer/songwriter Neil Diamond born in Brooklyn, New York.
Actress Sharon Tate (The Fearless Vampire Killers) born in Dallas, Texas.
Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon born in Chicago.
Comedian John Belushi born in Chicago.
Former Marine Ira Hayes, member of the raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, dies of exposure to cold and alcohol poisoning after a night of drinking in Bapchule, Arizona
Actress Nastassja Kinski born in Berlin.
Brian Epstein signed a management contract with the Beatles.
Super Bowl XVI - 49er's beat the Bengals 26-21 in the Pontiac Silverdome.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Pluviôse 5 Taureau
Feria de Alasitas La Paz, Bolivia.