TODAY IN HISTORY
The Church of England grudgingly accepted King Henry VIII as its supreme head.
President-elect Abraham Lincoln bade farewell to his adopted hometown of Springfield, Ill., as he headed to Washington for his inauguration.
A six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
New York City’s fourth and current Madison Square Garden opened with a “Salute to the USO” hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
Pop singer Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in a hotel room bathtub in Beverly Hills, California.
With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.
Actor Conrad Janis is 92. Gospel singer Jimmy Carter is 88. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 79. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is 67. Singer Sheryl Crow is 58. Singer D’Angelo is 46. Actress Natalie Dormer is 38. Actor Taylor Lautner is 28.