John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. He was paid $2 a day.
Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven was published.
Henry Clay introduced the Compromise of 1850 to the Senate.
Kansas became the 34th state in the United States.
Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful gasoline-driven car.
Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson were the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Poet Robert Frost died in Boston.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush labels Iraq, Iran, and North Korea an "axis of evil."