Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed (More info)

1922 – James Joyce’s groundbreaking novel ‘Ulysses’ is published (More info)

1936 - The five charter members of the new Baseball hall of Fame were announced at Cooperstown, New York. They were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson, and Walter Johnson.

1979 – Sid Vicious, bassist of the punk pioneer group Sex Pistols, dies of a drug overdose in New York City (More info)

1980 – Details of ABSCAM, an FBI operation to uncover political corruption in the government, are released to the public (More info)

1993 - First lady Hillary Clinton banned smoking in the White House

2004 – Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men’s singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks (More info)