Composer, pianist and organist Felix Mendelssohn born in the independent city-state of Hamburg.
Poet Sidney Lanier born in Macon, Georgia.
Writer Gertrude Stein is born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Artist Norman Rockwell born in New York.
Gangster Pretty Boy Floyd is born in Adairsville, Georgia.
Writer James Michener (Tales of the South Pacific) born in New York.
French philosopher & mystic Simone Weil born in Paris.
The legislature of the State of Arkansas passed a resolution asking people to pray for H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore columnist who had singled out the state as the center of cultural moronia.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Johnny "Guitar" Watson born in Houston, Texas.
Character actor Victor Buono (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) born in San Diego, California.
Four Chaplains Day - When the Allied troopship S.S. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German sub and went down with a loss of 600 lives, four chaplains gave up their lifejackets to shipmates, thereby also perishing in the icy waters.
Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, & Richie Valens are killed in plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.
According to Don McLean this was the day the music died in the song American Pie.
Bob Dylan made his first recording, taping San Francisco Bay Blues in New York.
Jimi Hendrix records Purple Haze.
XI Winter Olympics open in Sapporo, Japan.
Super Bowl XXXVI - The New England Patriots beat the St Louis Rams 20 to 17 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Super Bowl XLII - The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17 to 14 in at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, AZ.
Super Bowl XLVII - The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49er's 34 to 31 in at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Super Bowl LIII - The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13 to 3 in yhe Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia