1954: Frank Selvy became the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to score 100 points in a single game.
1668: Spain recognized Portugal as an independent nation.
1961: A 500,000-year-old rock was discovered by Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell near Olancha, Calif., that appeared to encase a spark plug. The anomalous rock became known as the Coso Geode. It has since been lost.
1471: The first hand-made Valentine’s Day card was given.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone.
2009: At a kissing contest in Mexico City, 39,897 couples kissed for 10 seconds, setting a world record for the most simultaneous kisses.
1912: Arizona was admitted as the 48th U.S. state.
1778: The United States flag was formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine-gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones.
1879: U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1925: Twenty mushers driving dogsled teams delivered antitoxin to Nome, Alaska, saving the town from a diphtheria epidemic and establishing the historic Iditarod dogsled trail.
1965: The red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the Canadian Red Ensign banner.
1923: English archaeologist Howard Carter unsealed the intact burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, “King Tut.”
1960: The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton left New London, Conn., to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
1963: Born this day: basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, and comedian/actor Larry the Cable Guy.
1968: The first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system went into service, in Haleyville, Alabama,
1863: An organization to aid wounded people, that would later become the Red Cross, was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.
1933: Prohibition ended in the United States.
1968: The Basketball Hall of Fame opened in Springfield, Mass.
1972: Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceeded those of the Ford Model-T.
1885: Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published for the first time.
1930: Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997) discovered Pluto, the ninth planet of our solar system (now considered a dwarf planet) while studying photos he had taken.
1979: Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
1998: Eric Bergoust of Missoula won the gold medal in aerial freestyle skiing at the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.