2004 - George W. Bush is re-elected president, beating John Kerry 51 percent to 48.
2004- By a 69-percent vote, Californians endorse a referendum to fund embryonic stem cell research, making theirs the first state in the nation to do so.
2000- Paul McCartney unveils his first-ever U-S painting exhibition at New York's Matthew Marks Gallery.
1999- Eric Clapton receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in Los Angeles. Phoenix House presents the award.
1995- Patti Smith sings at a memorial service for her late husband, former M-C-5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, at Old Mariners Church in Detroit.
1992- Magic Johnson retires from the N-B-A again, this time for good.
1983- Ronald Reagan declares the third Monday of January a federal holiday in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.
1979 - The movie of The Who's Quadrophenia premieres.
1974- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's So Far compilation tops the U-S album chart
1974- George Harrison's only North American solo tour begins with a concert at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
1973- Ringo Starr's Ringo album is released. It features contributions from the other three Beatles -- though all four don't appear on any one song.
1970- The Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! is certified gold just a month after its release. Also earning gold are The Moody Blues' A Question of Balance, Neil Young's After the Goldrush and Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's joint Live at Monterey.
1968- Playing New York's Madison Square Garden during their farewell tour, Cream are awarded platinum discs for Wheels of Fire.
1967- British Prime Minister Harold Wilson sues The Move over a print ad for their single "Flowers in the Rain" that depicts him naked. Wilson wins the suit and all royalties from the song end up going to charity.
1963- The Beach Boys' double-sided single "In My Room" and "Be True to Your School" breaks onto the Top 40.
1962- President Kennedy announces that the U-S-S-R is dismantling its missile bases in Cuba.
1947- In California, aviator Howard Hughes flies his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes.