Burj Khalifa is opened. Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the world's tallest building, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and his powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
Afghans approved a new constitution.
Constitution of Afghanistan
Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era. Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.
Contract with America
President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
Nixon White House tapes
President Johnson outlined his 'Great Society' in his State of the Union address.
Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants.
List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1955–59 ...
Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus died in a car accident at age 46.
Luna 1 (Mechta) becomes 1st craft to leave Earth's gravity.
Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit. The Soviet Union was the first nation to send an artificial Earth satellite into space.
During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
Third Battle of Seoul
Burma gains independence from the United Kingdom. Burma (Myanmar) came under British rule on January 1, 1886.
Independence Day (Myanmar)
Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.
1936 in music
In Gonzales v. Williams, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that citizens of Puerto Rico are not aliens and can enter the U.S. freely.
Utah becomes the 45th state of the U.S.A. One condition for statehood was that a ban on polygamy had to be written into the state constitution.
Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is thought to be the first appendectomy.
The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
New York Stock Exchange
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver. Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers placed an order for 1000 revolver pistols after having witnessed their devastating effect.