- 1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the Mexican-American War. It set the boundary of Texas as the Rio Grande and gave California to the United States, as well as New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
- 1887: The 1st Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
- 1972: Otter Limits editor Steve Long is born in Aurora, Colorado.
- 2014: The Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl 43-8 against the Denver Broncos.
- 1870: The 15th Amendment is ratified, giving the right to vote to citizens regardless of race.
- 1913: The 16th Amendment is ratified, giving Congress the power to collect income tax. Booo!
- 1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Bip Bopper die in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
- 1789: George Washington is unanimously elected as the 1st President of the United States.
- 2004: Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
- 1778: South Carolina is the 2nd state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
- 1917: Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Wilson’s veto, severely restricting immigration from southeast Asia.
Nothing terribly interesting.
- 1935: The board game Monopoly is invented.
- 1962: All imports and exports to and from Cuba are banned.
- 1964: The Beatles arrive in the United States for the first time.
Nothing of interest on this day either.