Today in 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union.
Today in 1941,President Franklin Roosevelt offered his "4 Freedoms" speech(focusing on Freedom of Speech and Worship; Freedom from Want and Fear)during US State of Union address.
Today in 1973,"Schoolhouse Rock"premiered on ABC-TV. First up? “My Hero, Zero.”
Today in 1975, about two-thousand Led Zeppelin fans (waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale) rioted. Their shenanigans caused about $50-thousand in damage.
Today in 1987, astronomers at University of California reported seeing the birth of a galaxy…for the first time.
Today in 1994, ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by the body guard of her rival Tonya Harding.
Today in 1995,a chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, lead to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a large-scale, three-phase attack planned by terrorists Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for that month.
Today in 1996,one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the eastern states of the United States hit.The so-called “Blizzard of ‘96”was ultimately blamed for more than 100 deaths during the severe weather.
Today in 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers. The inspiration behind the film, “Mississippi Burning,” Killenand his accomplices were later convicted in the plot – and ultimately, died in prison.
Today in 2016,"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"broke the North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar."