1919 – German Communist leader Rosa Luxemburg and her colleague Karl Liebknecht were arrested and shot by soldiers after the failure of a left-wing uprising in Berlin.
1969 – Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 5 launch, together with Soyuz 4 achieving first docking of two unmanned spacecraft in Earth orbit.
1991 – Musician Johnny Cash inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1997 – International goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar in court for match-fixing charges.
1997 – Diana visits mine field in Angola.
2001 – Free content encyclopaedia website Wikipedia launches online.
2004 – Bank notes printed with the face of Saddam Hussein ceased to be legal tender in Iraq.
2005 – A U.S. military jury sentenced soldier Charles Graner to 10 years in prison for his role in the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
2006 – The ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who rebuilt his Gulf Arab state after U.S.-led forces ended Iraq’s occupation in 1991, died aged 78.
2009 – A US Airways jet with 155 people on board ditched in the frigid Hudson River off Manhattan after apparently hitting a flock of geese and officials said everyone was rescued.
2013 – Military train crash in Giza, Egypt.