Jan. 30, 1948 Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated at age 78 in New Delhi on his way to a prayer meeting.
Jan. 31, 1865 The House passes the 13th Amendment, making slavery illegal. It's ratified in December.
Feb. 3, 1959 Rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Ritchie Valens die in a plane crash.
Feb. 4, 1969 Yasser Arafat takes over as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Feb. 6, 1911 Ronald Reagan is born in Tampico, Ill.