During the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T'en-ching (Heavenly Capital).
The United States Senate voted down signing the Treaty of Versailles for the second time.
Nevada state legislature legalized gambling.
The Academy Awards were first televised.
Sarajevo became a united city again after four years when Moslem-Croat authorities took control of the last district held by Serbs.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is launched with air strikes on Baghdad, the beginning of the war with Iraq (March 20 in Iraq).
Mahmoud Abbas became prime minister of Palestine. He would later succeed Yasir Arafat as head of the PLO and president of the Palestinian Authority.