|2006||Momofuku Ando, ramen instant noodle inventor and founder of Nissin Food Products, Inc., dies of a heart attack at age 96.
|2004||Baseball pitcher 'Tug' McGraw dies of brain cancer at age 62.
Did you know? Tug was father of country music superstar Tim McGraw, and father-in-law of country singer Faith Hill.
|1998||Politician Sonny Bono, formerly of the Sonny and Cher pop duo, dies in a skiing accident in Lake Tahoe, California, at age 62.|
|1996||The longest US government shutdown ends after 21 days when Congress passes an interim spending measure allowing federal employees to return to work. |
|1994||Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill, former speaker of the US House of Representatives, dies in
Boston at age 81.
|1993||Washington state hangs serial killer Westley Allan Dodd, the first such execution in the US in 28 years.|
|1979||Jazz bassist Charles Mingus dies of a heart attack at age 56.|
|1975||The Wiz, a musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, opens on Broadway.|
|1972||US president Richard Nixon approves the NASA space shuttle program.|
|1970||Joseph Yablonski, presidential candidate for the United Mine Workers union, is found murdered at home with his wife and daughter.|
|1961||The television comedy Mr. Ed debuts, for the first of six seasons of mirth and mayhem, centered around a horse that talks only to his owner, Wilbur Post.|
|1949||US president Harry Truman nicknames his administration the 'Fair Deal' in his State of the Union address.|
|1943||Scientist and educator George Washington Carver dies in Tuskegee, Alabama, at age 81.|
|1933||Calvin Coolidge, 30th US president, dies in Northampton, MA, at age 60.|
|1925||Nellie T. Ross becomes the first female governor in the US, succeeding her late husband as governor of Wyoming.|
|1589 ||In 1589, Catherine de Medici, Queen of France, dies at age 69. |