February 13th

Washington became the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage in the United States
Egypt's military leaders dissolved parliament, suspended the constitution and promised elections in moves cautiously welcomed by protesters who'd helped topple President Hosni Mubarak.
Martial law
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologizes to Indigenous Australians for the “stolen generations”. Between 10 and 30 percent of Aboriginal and Torres Islander children were removed from their families until the 1960s.
Apology to the Stolen Generations
Ray Charles won eight posthumous Grammy awards for his final album, "Genius Loves Company.".
Genius Loves Company
The universe's largest known diamond is discovered. BPM 37093 is a white dwarf star about 50 light-years from Earth and was nicknamed “Lucy” after The Beatles' song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.
List of diamonds
John Walker Lindh pleaded not guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to conspiring to kill Americans and supporting the Taliban and terrorist organizations. (Lindh later pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.).
John Walker Lindh
The last “Peanuts” comic strip is published. The 17,897th-and-last installment was published in newspapers around the world on the day following the death of its creator, Charles M. Schulz.
The Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 7,000 barrier for the first time, closing at 7,022.44.
Two “smart bombs” kill at least 408 civilians in Baghdad. The Amiriyah shelter bombing was one of the worst cases of civilian killings during “Operation Desert Storm”.
Amiriyah shelter bombing
Konstantin Chernenko succeeded the late Yuri Andropov as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
Konstantin Chernenko
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the 1970 Nobel Prize for literature, was deported from the Soviet Union.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
France exploded its first atomic bomb.
Gerboise Bleue
The German city of Dresden is destroyed by a bombing raid. According to estimates, up to 25,000 people were killed in the raids that lasted 3 days.
Bombing of Dresden in World War II
Hitler's Operation Sealion, the invasion of England, is cancelled.
Operation Sea Lion
Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of murder in the Lindbergh kidnapping case.
Lindbergh kidnapping
The League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland.
Swiss neutrality
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers was founded in New York City.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz premiered in Vienna.
The Blue Danube
The gang that included Jesse James and Cole Younger committed their first bank robbery in Liberty, Mo.
James–Younger Gang
British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown.
Bill of Rights 1689
The Boston Public Latin School, the first public school in what is now the United States, was founded.
Boston Latin School
First East India Company voyage departs from London, lead by John Lancaster.
East India Company
Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for adultery.
Catherine Howard
Baghdad falls to the Mongols as the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed.
Siege of Baghdad (1258)