A fleet of 11 British ships arrives on the coast of New South Wales to establish a penal colony for British convicts.
Childrens author Mary Mapes Dodge (Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates), born Mary Mapes in New York City.
Michigan is admitted to the Union as the 26th U.S. state.
After a 10 month seige, troops loyal to The Mahdi take Khartoum, killing the Governor-General Charles George Gordon.
French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli born in Paris.
He co-founded, along with Django Reinhardt, the continental jazz group Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Science fiction author Philip José Farmer born in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Actor Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke) born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
French film director Roger Vadim born in Paris.
Cartoonist Jules Feiffer born in New York City.
He said:"The only thing I wanted to be was grown up.
Because I was a terrible flop as a child.
You cannot be a successful boy in America if you cannot throw or catch a ball."
Baseball player and sportscaster Bob Uecker born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
VII Winter Olympics open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Super Bowl XX - Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10 in the Louisiana Superdome.
Super Bowl XXVI - Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Super Bowl XXXI - Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 in Louisiana Superdome.
President Bill Clinton said, I want to say one thing to the American people.
I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
Super Bowl XXXVII - Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21 in San Diego at Qualcomm stadium.
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