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757- An Lushan -leader of a An Lushan Rebellion|revolt against the Tang Dynasty and emperor of Yan (An-Shi)|Yan, is murdered by his own son, An Qingxu.

904- Pope Sergius III|Sergius III -comes out of retirement to take over the pope|papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.

1676- Feodor III of Russia|Feodor III -becomes Tsar of Russia.

1814-France defeats Russia and Prussia -in the Battle of Brienne.

1819- Stamford Raffles -lands on the island of Singapore.

1834-US President Andrew Jackson -orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a trade union|labor dispute.

1845-" The Raven -is published in the ''New York Evening Mirror'', the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe

1850- Henry Clay -introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the Congress of the United States|U.S. Congress.

1856- Queen Victoria -of the United Kingdom issues a Warrant (law)|Warrant under the Royal sign-manual that establishes the Victoria Cross to recognise acts of valour by British Empire|British military personnel during the Crimean War.

1861- Kansas -is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.

1863- Bear River Massacre -

1886- Karl Benz -patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1891- Liliuokalani -is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

1900-The American League -is organized in Philadelphia with eight founding teams.

1907- Charles Curtis -of Kansas becomes the first Native American United States Senate|U.S. Senator.

1916- World War I -Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.

1918- Ukrainian–Soviet War -The Bolshevik Red Army, on its way to besiege Kiev, is met by a small group of military students at the Battle of Kruty.

1918-Ukrainian–Soviet War: An Kiev Arsenal January Uprising|armed uprising -organized by the Bolsheviks in anticipation of the encroaching Red Army begins at the Kiev Arsenal, which will be put down six days later.

1936-The List of members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (chronological)|first inductees -into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.

1940-Three trains on the Sakurajima Line -in Osaka, Japan, collide and explode while approaching Ajikawaguchi Station. 181 people are killed.

1941- Alexandros Koryzis -becomes List of Prime Ministers of Greece|Prime Minister of Greece upon the sudden death of his predecessor, dictator Ioannis Metaxas.

1943-The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island -USS Chicago (CA-29)|U.S. cruiser ''Chicago'' is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.

1944- World War II -Approximately 38 people are killed and about a dozen injured when the Polish village of Koniuchy (present-day Kaniūkai, Lithuania) is Koniuchy massacre|attacked by Soviet partisan units.

1944-In Bologna -Italy, the Anatomical theatre of the Archiginnasio is destroyed in an air-raid.

1963-The List of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees|first inductees -into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.

1967-The "ultimate high" of the hippie -era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.

1989- Hungary–South Korea relations|Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea -making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so

1991- Gulf War -The Battle of Khafji, the first major ground engagement of the war, as well as its deadliest, begins.

1996-President Jacques Chirac -announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing.

1996- La Fenice -Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire.

1998-In Birmingham, Alabama -a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing one and severely wounding another. Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph is suspected as the culprit.

2001-Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia -storm parliament and demand that President of Indonesia|President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.

2002-In his State of the Union address -President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terrorism|terror" as an ''Axis of evil'', in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

2005-The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou -to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.

2006-India's Irfan Pathan -became the first bowler (cricket)|bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over (cricket)|over of a match.

2009-The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt -rules that people who do not adhere to one of the three Religion in Egypt#Recognized religions|government-recognised religions, while not allowed to list any belief outside of those three, are still Egyptian identification card controversy|eligible to receive government identity documents.

2009- Governor of Illinois -Rod Blagojevich Rod Blagojevich corruption charges|is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-President-elect of the United States|U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.

2013- SCAT Airlines Flight 760 -crashes near the Kazakhstan|Kazakh city of Almaty, killing 21 people.