In Florence, Italy, the bonfire of the vanities occurs when supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects that were believed to lead one into sin like cosmetics, art, and books.
Novelist Charles Dickens ( The Pickwick Papers) born in Portsmouth, England.
Writer Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House in the Big Woods) born in Pepin, Wisconsin.
Jazz great Eubie Blake born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Writer Sinclair Lewis (Main Street) born in Sauk Center, Minnesota.
Folk musician "Dock" Boggs born in Norton, Virginia.
Actor and swimmer Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon) born in Oakland, California.
Crabbe won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming.
Walt Disney Animation Studios premieres Pinocchio.
This is the studios second full length animated film.
The Beatles arrive at New York's Kennedy Airport for their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Cassius Clay becomes a Muslim adopting the name Muhammad Ali.
XIV Winter Olympics open in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
XVIII Winter Olympics open in Nagano, Japan.
Black Saturday Bushfires begin in Victoria, Australia
This was the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
Super Bowl XLIV - New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31 to 17 in Miami.
XXII Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Pluviôse 19 Pulmonaire