1564 - The artist Michelanglelo died in Rome.
1735 - The first opera performed in America.
1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.
1930 - The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The discovery was made as a result of photographs taken in January 1930.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden "flight" sitting on top of a Boeing 747.
1998 - In Russia, money shortages resulted in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons.