On Jan. 12, 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
revolutionary leader John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Braintree, Mass.
the first public museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.
House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
the Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
radio shock jock Howard Stern was born in New York.
the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
the groundbreaking television sitcom “All in the Family” premiered on CBS.
the space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included U.S. Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near the Haitian capital Port-auPrince, devastating the impoverished nation and killing more than 300,000.
the NHL’s four-month lockout ended as the league and the players’ association completed signing a memorandum.