Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive 'dirty bomb,' was sentenced by a U.S. federal judge in Miami to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism conspiracy charges.
The U.S. Supreme Court legalizes abortion. The liberalization effected by the Roe v. Wade decision entailed fierce resistance from the Pro-Life movement, but the Supreme Court has so far upheld the decision.
World record for fastest temperature change. The fastest temperature change recorded in history occurred on this day in Spearfish, South Dakota. The temperature increased from −4°F (−20°C) to +45°F (+7°C) in the span of two minutes.
In St Petersburg, Russia, a large demonstration of workers led by Father Gapon, march to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar. troops fire on protesters in what becomes known as 'Bloody Sunday'