• President Carter formally welcomes Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations.
  • Pope John Paul II begins his first overseas trip as pontiff, traveling to the Dominican Republic.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers become the first team to win three Super Bowls, when they defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII.
  • Former U.S. vice-president Nelson A. Rockefeller dies at age 70.
  • "Too Much Heaven" by the Bee Gees hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

  • Frank Sinatra Jr. is kidnapped, then released a few days later when $240,000 ransom is paid.
  • In South Bend, IN, the Studebaker automobile plant shuts down.
  • The Roman Catholic Church approves the use of some English in the Mass where Latin had been spoken before.
  • 6-year-old Donnie Osmond makes his debut on "The Andy Williams Show."

  • President Bush announces the start of Operation Desert Storm, a massive air-strike in conjuction with 28 allied countries to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
  • The New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, 20-19.
  • Pete Rose leaves an Illinois federal prison camp and checked into a halfway house in Cincinnati to complete his sentence for cheating on his taxes.
  • Financially strapped Eastern Airlines shuts down after 62 years in business.
  • "Someday" by Mariah Carey and "All This Time" by Sting both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

  • It's the first movie to open simultaneously in major cities on the same day. The end of the world saga, "On The Beach."
  • Louisiana Halfback Billy Cannon wins the Heisman Trophy.
  • Twelve nations agree on scientific peaceful use of Antarctica.
  • Guy Mitchell has a #1 hit with "Heartaches By The Number."

  • The Soviet Union vetos a U.N. Security Council resolution protesting the Soviet military intervention of Afghanistan.
  • Gold rises past the $700 per ounce mark.
  • A freeze damages 90% of Florida's citrus crops.
  • Larry Williams ("Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Bony Moronie") is found shot to death.
  • "Please Don't Go" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

  • Lockheed's spy plane, the SR71 sets a new speed record, 3530 kph.
  • Shocking news out of California as superstar Sam Cooke loses his life.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King is announced as the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • The Supremes have a hit with "Come See About Me."

  • In order to stop leaks, President Reagan orders White House staff members to stay away from the press.
  • The final episode of "M*A*S*H" is filmed in on Stage 9 in Century City, California.
  • The Pentagon announces that an out-of-control, radioactive Soviet spy satellite crashed in the mid-Indian Ocean.
  • A commission studying reform of the Social Security system recommends gradually raising the retirement age from 65 to 66.
  • "The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

  • Elvis's "Blue Hawaii" album hits #1 on the charts, where it will stay for four months!
  • For the second year in a row, the Associated Press names Wilma Rudolph as "Female Athlete of the Year."
  • President John F. Kennedy sends American helicopters and crews to South Vietnam.
  • The Marvelettes have a #1 hit with "Please Mr. Postman."

  • President Clinton declares northern Nevada a major disaster area following several days of rain that sent rivers over their banks in the Reno and Carson City area.
  • Two firebombs are tossed at abortion clinic in Tulsa, OK, causing minor damage.
  • Newt Gingrich becomes the first Republican re-elected House speaker in 68 years.
  • The Green Bay Packers defeat the New England Patroits, 35-21, in Super Bowl XXXI.
  • "Macarena" by Los Del Rio appears on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart for the 56th non-consecutive week, becoming the longest charted record in the chart's history.


  • Baseball experts still call it one of the worse trades ever... Roger Maris to St. Louis, for Charlie Smith.
  • Young and old mourn the loss of Walt Disney at age 65.
  • Dean Martin stars in a spy spoof as Matt Helm in "Murderers Row" with Ann Margaret.
  • Both Frank and Nancy Sinatra have top ten hits with "That's Life" and "Sugar Town."


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