Today is the 27th day of the year, with only 338 days remaining until the end of the year.
98 - Trajan becomes Roman Emperor after the death of Nerva.
1606 - The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators on the Gunpowder Plot, begins.
1825 - Congress approves Indian Territory, clearing the way for forced relocation of Native Americans on the Trail of Tears.
1939 - Marks the first flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
1943 - The VIII Bomber Command dispatched 91 B-17s and B-24s to attack the U-Boat construction yards at Wilhemshafen, Germany. The first American bombing attack on Germany.
1944 - The 900-day Siege of Leningrad is lifted.
1945 - In Poland, the Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
1951 - Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat.
1967 - Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee, are killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft.
1973 - The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colon William Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict's last recorded American combat casualty.
1984 - Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.
1996 - Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
2003 - The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.
2006 - Western Telegram discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging service.