Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system went on sale.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 78.
Coretta Scott King
Iraqis voted in their country's first free election in a half-century.
Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaida follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.
The first computer virus is released “into the wild”. Elk Cloner was created by 15-year-old Richard Skrenta as a practical joke.
The Iranian civilian government announced that the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini would be allowed to return.
Thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as 'Bloody Sunday.'.
Bloody Sunday (1972)
The Beatles give their last public performance. The concert was played on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building at 3 Savile Row in London.
The Beatles' rooftop concert
The Tet offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
State funeral of Winston Churchill at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Largest ever state funeral.
State funerals in the United Kingdom
Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
9,400 people die in the deadliest maritime disaster in history. The “Wilhelm Gustloff” was sunk by a Soviet submarine during World War II.
MV Wilhelm Gustloff
Hitler threatens the Jews during his speech to the German Reichstag (Parliament).
Themes in Nazi propaganda
Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. The “Machtergreifung” marked the end of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of the “Third Reich”.
Adolf Hitler's rise to power
James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Burned US Library of Congress re-established with Thomas Jefferson's 6,500 volumes.
Quran oath controversy of the 110th United States Congress ...
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years.
King Charles I of England was beheaded.
Charles I of England