1493 – Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
1541 – King Francis I of France gives Jean-Francois Roberval a commission to settle the province of New France (Canada) and provide for the spread of the “Holy Catholic faith”.
1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
1919 – Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
1933 – A twelve-year-old girl experiences the first Marian apparition of Our Lady of Banneux in Banneux, Belgium.
1951 – Ilse Koch, “The Witch of Buchenwald”, wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
1967 – The first Super Bowl is played Los Angeles, California. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.