The U.S. Army formally charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of 17 villagers, more than half of them children, during a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.
'Titanic' won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959's 'Ben-Hur.' (The record was tied again by 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' in 2003.).
8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky.