1504 - The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries, to curb private warfare.
1533 - England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
1579 - The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.
1799 - Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.
1858 - Mendelssohn’s "Wedding March" was presented for the first time, as the daughter of Queen Victoria married the Crown Prince of Prussia.
1881 - Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.
1915 - In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.
1924 - The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.
1949 - The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
1961 - John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington. The event was carried on radio and television.
1999 - In Louisville, Kentucky, a man received the first hand transplant in the United States.