Today in history, Ivan IV (see picture below) crowns himself the new Czar of Russia in Assumption Cathedral in Moscow in 1547.
Today in history, The Council of Virginia guarantees religious freedom in 1789.
Today in history, John C. Fremont (see picture below), the famed “Pathfinder” of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California in 1847.
Today in history, Maxim Gorky (see picture below) is authorized to return to Russia after an eight year exile for political dissidence in 1914.
Today in history, Eisenhower assumes supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe in 1944.
Today in history, The Persian Gulf War begins. The massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq — Operation Desert Storm — ends on February 28, 1991 when President George H. W. Bush declares a cease-fire and Iraq pledges to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms in 1991.