Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Heather Pick!
180 years ago
Spain recognized the independence of Mexico with the signing of the Santa María–Calatrava Treaty.
170 years ago
Iowa was admitted to the union as the 29th state.
75 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Gloria Scott
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (2nd week at #1)
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The White Cockerel
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (7th week at #1)
50 years ago
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set):
1 Ooh La La--Normie Rowe (2nd week at #1)
2 Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats
3 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
4 No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
5 Let it Be Me (EP)--Johnny Young
6 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
7 Sorry--The Easybeats
8 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
9 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
10 Spicks and Specks--The Bee Gees
Singles entering the chart were It's Not Easy by Normie Rowe (#17); Single Girl by Sandy Posey (#18); Knight in Rusty Armour by Peter and Gordon (#35); Wallpaper Roses by Sandy Scott (#37); Ride On Baby by Chris Farlowe (#39); and Spinout by Elvis Presley (#40).
On television tonight
Alice in Wonderland, on BBC
This was broadcast after 9 P.M., as it was held to be unsuitable for children.
Four days after making a soft landing in the Ocean of Storms, the Soviet lunar probe Luna 13 sent its last transmission to Earth.
The bottom two floors of the Chateau Lacombe, a Canadian Pacific hotel, opened for business. The hotel had originally been scheduled to open in the fall of 1966, and it still wasn't ready for occupancy. The official opening took place on February 18, 1967.
The People's Republic of China exploded its fifth nuclear device in Sinkiang Province.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Daddy Cool--Boney M. (5th week at #1)
On television tonight
Family, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Rites of Friendship
Politics and government
Ed Zorinsky (Democrat), elected to the United States Senate in Nebraska on November 2, 1976, took office when incumbent Roman Hruska (Republican) retired six days before his term was to expire. Mr. Zorinsky, a Republican from 1946-1976 and Mayor of Omaha from 1973-1976, joined the Democratic Party after failing to win the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate election in Nebraska in 1976. He was the first Jew to be elected to statewide office in Nebraska.
International Series (exhibition)
U.S.S.R. (1-1) 7 @ Cincinnati 5
30 years ago
Died on this date
John D. MacDonald, 70. U.S. author. Mr. MacDonald was known for crime and suspense novels, especially those set in Florida and involving the character Travis McGee.
AFC Wild Card Game
Kansas City 15 @ New York Jets 35
NFC Wild Card Game
Los Angeles Rams 7 @ Washington 19
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Black or White--Michael Jackson (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Piece of My Wish--Miki Imai (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Black or White--Michael Jackson (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black or White--Michael Jackson (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Black or White--Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Qui a le droit...--Patrick Bruel (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Kon ik maar even bij je zijn--Gordon (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives--Queen (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Canada (RPM): No Son of Mine--Genesis (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Black or White--Michael Jackson (4th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Black or White--Michael Jackson
2 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
3 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
4 It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday--Boyz II Men
5 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
6 No Son of Mine--Genesis
7 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn
8 Blowing Kisses in the Wind--Paula Abdul
9 Broken Arrow--Rod Stewart
10 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, originally a hit for Elton John in 1974, was recorded live in London in March 1991. Singles entering the chart were Forever My Lady by Jodeci (#75); Blinded by Love by Rythm Syndicate (#77); There's No Other Way by Blur (#78); The Rush by Luther Vandross (#83); and I Want You by Jody Watley (#89); and The Unforgiven by Metallica (#90).
AFC Wild Card Playoff
Los Angeles Raiders 6 @ Kansas City 10
NFC Wild Card Playoff
Atlanta 27 @ New Orleans 20
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Wannabe--Spice Girls (9th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): One and One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): One and One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Freed from Desire--Gala (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): 2 Become 1--Spice Girls (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): 2 Become 1--Spice Girls
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (4th week at #1)
AFC Wild Card playoff
Jacksonville 30 @ Buffalo 27
NFC Wild Card playoff
Minnesota 15 @ Dallas 40
10 years ago
Forces of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and Ethiopian troops captured Mogadishu unopposed.
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