1795 – The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.
1818 – “Academician” began publication in New York City.
1877 – The first Guernsey Cattle Club was organized in New York City.
1882 – The last bareknuckle fight for the heavyweight boxing championship took place in Mississippi City.
1893 – Elisha Gray patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents.
1913 – The Turks lost 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.
1922 – DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of “Reader’s Digest” magazine for the first time.
1931 – The American opera “Peter Ibbetson,” by Deems Taylor, premiered in New York City.
1936 – The U.S. Vice President’s flag was established by executive order.
1940 – “Pinocchio” world premiered at the Center Theatre in Manhattan.
1941 – The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra recorded “Everything Happens to Me.”
1943 – The U.S. government announced that shoe rationing would go into effect in two days.
1944 – During World War II, the Germans launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.
1959 – The play “The Rivalry” opened in New York City.
1962 – The U.S. government banned all Cuban imports and re-export of U.S. products to Cuba from other countries.
1966 – “Crawdaddy” magazine was published by Paul Williams for the first time.
1974 – The nation of Grenada gained independence from Britain.
1976 – Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs) set a National Hockey League (NHL) record when he scored 10 points in a game against the Boston Bruins. He scored six goals and four assists.
1977 – Russia launched Soyuz 24.
1984 – Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk.
1985 – “Sports Illustrated” released its annual swimsuit edition. It was the largest regular edition in the magazine’s history at 218 pages.
1985 – “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City.
1986 – Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country ending 28 years of family rule.
1991 – The Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti’s first democratically elected president.
1999 – King Hussein of Jordan died. His son was sworn in as king four hours after the announcement that his father had died.
2000 – California’s legislature declared that February 13 would be “Charels M. Schulz Day.”