41 - After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.
1915 - Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service.
1924 - The 1924 Winter Olympics open in Chamonix, France (in the French Alps), inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.
2006 - Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.
1980 - Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer
1882 - Virginia Woolf, English writer (d. 1941)
1858 - Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese pearl farm pioneer (d. 1954)
1980 - Queenie Watts, English actress (b. 1926)
1573 - Hirate Hirohide, Japanese samurai (b. 1553)
Criminon Day—Commemorates the 1970 founding of Criminon, a program which seeks to rehabilitate prisoners by disseminating free copies of Scientology-related materials such as The Way to Happiness.
My birthday is a Scientologist holiday. Shaaaaame!
Also, this post is fricking BRILLIANT.