1942 – World War II: Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history.
2010 – Two trains collide in the Halle train collision in Halle, Belgium, killing 19 and injuring 171 people.
2012 – Three hundred sixty people die in a fire at a Honduran prison in the city of Comayagua.
2013 – A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.
1988 – Hironori Kusano, Japanese singer and actor
1988 – Tim Mannah, Australian-born Lebanese rugby league player
1988 – Rui Patrício, Portuguese footballer
1990 – Charles Pic, French race car driver
1991 – Ángel Sepúlveda, Mexican footballer
1993 – Ravi, South Korean rapper
Death/ Death Anniversary
1869 – Ghalib, Indian poet and educator (b. 1796)
2016 – George Gaynes, Finnish-American actor (b. 1917)
2016 – Vanity, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (b. 1959)
2017 – Stuart McLean, Canadian radio broadcaster (b. 1948)
2019 – Lee Radziwill, American socialite (b. 1933)
2020 – Caroline Flack, English Actress and TV Presenter (b. 1979)