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

1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race (More info)

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax (More info)

1959 – A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson in an incident that’s since become known as ‘The Day the Music Died’ (More info)

1973 - The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Crocodile Rock", by Elton John.  It was John's first Np. 1 song in the U.S.

1995 – Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway (More info)


It's  National Carrot Cake Day, Bubble Gum Day, and African-American Coaches Day.

2008 – In one of the greatest upsets in sports history, the New York Giants beat the heavily-favored and previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII by a score of 17–14 (More info)