Facts & Historical Events On This Day
The teaser trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' was released, which first introduced the droid, BB-8.
Prime Minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, handed in her resignation to the Queen and stepped down after being prime minister for 11 years.
East Timor declared its independence from Portugal.
NASA launched the Mariner 4 space probe on a mission to Mars.
The US SM-65 Atlas missile completed the first successful intercontinental ballistic missile launch.
Explorer Richard E. Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole.
Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambushed British soldiers near Kilmichael in County Cork.
Lady Nancy Astor became the first woman to become a member of the British House of Commons.
The Marianna Coal Mine in Pennsylvania exploded and killed 154 men.
The Chicago Times-Herald sponsored the United States’ first-ever car race, with the winning car going an average of 7 miles per hour.
Women voted in a general election for the first time in New Zealand.
England and France formally recognized Hawaii's independence.
The Times of London was first issued.
The female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were found guilty of piracy.
Navigator Ferdinand Magellan began his exploration of the Pacific Ocean.