Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed his powers to his vice president.
Egyptian revolution of 2011
Two satellites collide in space. Both the U.S. satellite “Iridium 33” and the Russian “Kosmos 2251” were destroyed in the accident.
2009 satellite collision
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicked off his presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Ill.
Barack Obama presidential primary campaign, 2008
North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons.
Views on the nuclear program of Iran
Rapper-producer Kanye West's debut CD, "The College Dropout," was released.
The College Dropout
Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a chess game against a reigning world champion. Despite his defeat in the first game, Russian world champion Garry Kasparov proceeded to win the match by 4-2 games.
Deep Blue (chess computer)
Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.
Ron Brown (U.S. politician)
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.
Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
An aircraft carrier collides with a destroyer in Australia, killing 82. Destroyer HMAS Voyager sailed under aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourn's bow, was cut in half and sank.
Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. spy captured by the Soviet Union, is released. Powers was exchanged for captured Soviet spy, Rudolf Ivanovich Abel.
Francis Gary Powers
Glenn Miller received the first ever gold record for selling a million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo.".
Chattanooga Choo Choo
British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, rendering all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design.
HMS Dreadnought (1906)
Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo.
Henry Morton Stanley's first trans-Africa exploration
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – began an exodus west from Illinois.
Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin was killed in a duel.
Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru.
Treaty of Paris signed, ending the French and Indian War. France ceded Canada and all its North American territories east of the Mississippi to Great Britain.
Treaty of Paris (1763)
Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory.
St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta.
Christianity in Malta