0483 - St. Felix III began his reign as Pope.
0607 - The 12th recorded passage of Halley’s Comet occurred.
1519 - Cortez landed in Mexico.
1639 - Harvard University was named for clergyman John Harvard.
1660 - A statute was passed limiting the sale of slaves in the colony of Virginia.
1777 - The U.S. Congress ordered its European envoys to appeal to high-ranking foreign officers to send troops to reinforce the American army.
1781 - Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
1852 - The New York “Lantern” newspaper published the first “Uncle Sam cartoon”. It was drawn by Frank Henry Bellew.
1861 - Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing slaves to be used as soldiers for the Confederacy.
1868 - The U.S. Senate began the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
1877 - Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff.
1878 - The first collegiate golf match was played between Oxford and Cambridge.
1884 - Standard time was adopted throughout the U.S.
1900 - In South Africa, British Gen. Roberts took Bloemfontein.
1901 - Andrew Carnegie announced that he was retiring from business and that he would spend the rest of his days giving away his fortune. His net worth was estimated at $300 million.
1902 - In Poland, schools were shut down across the country when students refused to sing the Russian hymn “God Protect the Czar.”
1902 - Andrew Carnegie approved 40 applications from libraries for donations.
1908 - The people of Jerusalem saw an automobile for the first time. The owner was Charles Glidden of Boston.
1911 - The U.S. Supreme Court approved corporate tax law.
1915 - The Germans repelled a British expeditionary force attack in France.
1918 - Women were scheduled to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men due to wartime.
1925 - A law in Tennessee prohibited the teaching of evolution.
1930 - It was announced that the planet Pluto had been discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory.
1933 - U.S. banks began to re-open after a “holiday” that had been declared by President Roosevelt.