In 1861, Kansas was admitted into the union as the 34th state. In 1891, Queen Liliuokalani became the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. In 1984, Ronald Reagan announced that he would run for a second term as U.S. president. In 2002, President George W. Bush described Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as part of an "axis of evil" in his State of the Union address.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), patriot/philosopher; William McKinley (1843-1901), U.S. president; Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), playwright, writer; W. C. Fields (1880-1946), comedian; Tom Selleck (1945- ), actor; Oprah Winfrey (1954- ), TV personality; Heather Graham (1970- ), actress; Paul Ryan (1970- ), U.S. congressman; Adam Lambert (1982- ), singer
In 1995, the San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26, becoming the first NFL team to win five Super Bowls.
Edgar Allan Poe published his famous poem "The Raven" anonymously in the New York Evening Mirror on this day in 1845. He was paid $15.
"I never vote for anyone. I always vote against." – W. C. Fields