- Sir Malcolm Campbell drove 304.331 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1935, becoming the first person to drive a vehicle over 300 miles per hour.
- Australia, France, New Zealand, and the UK declared war on Germany in 1939, kicking World War II up a notch.
- The Lakhva Ghetto uprising occurred in 1942, providing a strong argument for future generations against disarming civilians, assuming we can learn from our mistakes of the past. The infamous Warsaw Ghetto uprising began on 18 January the following year.
- The Viking 2 spacecraft landed at Utopia Planitia on Mars to take the first ever close-up color photos of the red planet in 1976.
- US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rhenquist died on this day last year.
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