1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
2005 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former MP A. Chandranehru dies of injuries sustained in an ambush the previous day.
2010 – A freak storm in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travelers.
2013 – A blizzard disrupts transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada.
2014 – A hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia kills 15 Egyptian pilgrims with 130 others injured.
1897 – Zakir Hussain, Indian academic and politician, 3rd president of India (d. 1969)
1941 – Jagjit Singh, Indian singer-songwriter (d. 2011)
1963 – Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian cricketer and politician
1964 – Santosh Sivan, Indian director, cinematographer, producer, and actor
Death/ Death Anniversary
2016 – Nida Fazli, Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1938)