1836 Samuel Colt patents his revolver.
1870 Senator Hiram R. Revels (R-Mississippi) became the first black person in the Senate, as he was sworn in after being elected to serve out Jefferson Davis‘ term. Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America, lost his citizenship rights after the end of the Civil War.
1940 The first hockey game is televised. The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens, 6 to 2.
1943 George Harrison, who rose to fame as a member of the Beatles, is born in Liverpool, England. He dies November 29, 2001 at the age of 58.
1950 Your Show Of Shows, starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, premieres on NBC.
1967 “Gimme Some Lovin'” by the Spencer Davis Group peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1978 The Grand Illusion by Styx peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1983 Marvin Gaye wins two Grammys for “Sexual Healing.”
1983 Author Tennessee Williams, whose works include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, died on this day in 1983. He was 71.
1984 Van Halen‘s “Jump” hits Number One on the Billboard singles chart.
1984 “An Innocent Man” by Billy Joel peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.
1984 Learning To Crawl by the Pretenders hits Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
1986 Ferdinand Marcos, president of the Philippines, flees his country following a tainted election scandal.
1993 Marshall Tucker Band singer-lead guitarist Toy Caldwell dies.
1994 Oksana Baiul of the Ukraine wins the gold medal in Olympic Figure Skating. Nancy Kerrigan of the U.S. wins the silver.
1998 Pamela Anderson Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges.
2000 A New York jury acquitted four policemen for the murder of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant shot 41 times on the stoop of an apartment building.
2001 Vince Gill performs at a memorial to NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt in Nashville, Tennessee. Earnhardt died a week earlier (February 18) in a crash at the Daytona 500.