1979 - Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
1981 - The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months and for arrangements to unfreeze Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.
1983 - China announced that it was bannning 1983 purchases of cotton, soybeans and chemical fibers from the United States.
1993 - IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history.
1995 - Russian forces overwhelmed the resistance forces in Chechnya.
1996 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The investigation was concerning the discovery of billing records related to the Whitewater real estate investment venture.
1997 - Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years. He joined 60,000 Palestinians in celebration over the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
2000 - In New York's Time Square, the first WWF restaurant opened.
2001 - Texas officials demoted a warden and suspended three other prison workers in the wake of the escape of the "Texas 7."
2006 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched. The mission was the first to investigate Pluto.
2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.