A Cebu Pacific airlines DC-9-32 crashes into a mountain near Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, killing 104
Translatio imperii: Pope John XII crowns Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly 40 years.
Apartheid: In South Africa President F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to legally function again and promises to set Nelson Mandela free.
Soviet war in Afghanistan: The last Soviet Union armored column leaves Kabul, ending nine years of military occupation.
Nurse Anita Cobby is found dead in a paddock in Prospect, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. She had been robbed, raped, and murdered. Five men (Micheal Murphy, Gary Murphy, Les Murphy, Micheal Murdoch, and John Travers) are later sentenced to life imprisonment without parole in June of 1987 for Anita Cobby's murder.
Charles II,and Louis the German sign a treaty.
Hama Massacre: The government of Syria attacks the town of Hama and kills thousands of people.
Founding congress of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey.
Abscam: Reports surface that FBI personnel were targeting members of the U.S. Congress in a sting operation.
Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose.
Groundhog Day gale of 1976 hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada.
The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest over Bloody Sunday
After a coup in Uganda, Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader.
The American Basketball Association is formed.
For the first time in 400 years Neptune and Pluto align.
A tropical storm forms north of Cuba and moves northeast making landfall in Florida. It is the earliest reported formation of a tropical storm on record in the Atlantic basin.
World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill leave to meet with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference.
World War II: The last Nazi forces surrender to the Soviets after the Battle of Stalingrad.
Frank Sinatra debuts with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra.
The polygraph machine is tested for the first time. Leonard Keeler conducts the experiment in Portage, Wisconsin.
Adolf Hitler dissolves the German Parliament.
Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.
France occupies Memel.
Estonia declares its independence from Russia.
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital (Canberra) between Sydney and Melbourne.
The Pennsylvania state capitol is destroyed by fire.
In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
The Knights of Columbus are formed in New Haven, Connecticut.
The first electric streetlight is installed in Wabash, Indiana.
Greece declares war on Turkey.
The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs of Major League Baseball is formed.
It is revealed that the famed Cardiff Giant was just carved gypsum and not the petrified remains of a human.
California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese emigrants seeking fortune in California's gold country arrive in San Francisco.
Mexican-American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed ending the war.
Russia establishes a fur trading colony at Fort Ross, along the California coast.
Alexander Selkirk is rescued from shipwreck on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
New Amsterdam (later renamed New York City) is incorporated.
Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Battle of Diu takes place near Diu, India, between Portugal and Turkey.
Callixtus II becomes Pope.
Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy.