Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.
Congress met in Washington, DC, for the first time.
The Suez Canal opened in Egypt.
Sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon, France.
Night of the "Heidi bowl:" NBC switched from football to movie of Heidi. In the missing 42 seconds, the lagging Raiders scored two touchdowns, defeating the Jets.
The beginning of the "Velvet Revolution," which led to the downfall of communism in Czechoslovakia.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.
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