Death of St. Simon Stylites
Death of St. Lupus, who turned Attila from Troyes, France
The 2nd Crusade arrives before Damascus
The defeat of the 5th Crusade
A General Chapter meeting of the Templars is held in Paris
Portuguese destroy the city of Kilwa, East Africa
Jacques Cartier discovers St. Laurence River; claims Canada for France
Forced abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots
James VI proclaimed King of Scotland
Death of Don Carlos "the Mad" of Spain
New Hampshire became a royal colony of the British crown.
French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed at the present site of Detroit and founded Fort Detroit.
Benedetto Marcello died in Brescia. Nobody remembers Marcello today, but he was evidently quite respected in his day, because the tombstone is still there, and it calls him "the Michelangelo of music."
South American revolutionary and statesman Simon Bolivar (Caracas, Venezuela) He freed 6 Latin American republics from Spanish rule. born
The first copyright law was instituted in France.
French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Elder, author of "The Three Musketeers," born
Ambrose Bierce Ohio, writer (Nuggets & Dust) born
Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived the valley of the Great Salt Lake present-day Utah.
The eighth president of the United States, MartVan Buren, died Kinderhook, New York.
Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.
Ernest Bloch was born in Geneva. In 1902 he completed a Symphony in C-sharp-minor that sounds a little like the music of Richard Strauss. In 1905 he finished a tone poem about springtime that was indebted to Debussy. born
The first national convention of the People's Party met in St. Louis, Missouri. The party nominated William Jennings Bryan for president.
Amelia Earhart born in Atchison, Kansas. She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937
Eastland Chicago River; 812 died.
John D MacDonald novelist born
Feminist and former US Representative Bella Abzug. born
Broadway producer Alexander H. Cohen born
The Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded Switzerland.
President Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy.
Movie director Peter Yates ("Bullitt") born
Actress Jacqueline Brookes born
Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant born
The hottest day for Kansas was recorded today. It was 121F near Alton, Kansas.
On this day Nebraska recorded its hottest temperature of 118F at Minden.
The state of Alabama dropped charges against five black men accused of raping two white women the "Scottsboro Case."
Instant coffee was invented.
Richard Strauss was in his seventies when he conducted an operatic premiere in his home town for the first time. Munich audiences loved Strauss, but Nazis authorities were less pleased when they heard "Friedenstag" on this day. "Friedenstag" means "Day of Peace."
Actor Chris Sarandon born
The U. S. Conducted the first underwater test of an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
Actor Michael Richards ("Seinfeld") born
Actress Lynda Carter born
Movie director Gus Van Sant ("To Die For", "Psycho") born
The first guided missle ship was launched.
Country singer Pam Tillis born
During a visit to the Soviet Union, Vice President Richard M. Nixon got into a "Kitchen Debate" with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at a US exhibition.
Jockey Julie Krone, the only woman to ride winning horse in a Triple Crown race when she captured Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair in 1993; entered 1996 as all-time winningest female jockey with 3,016 wins. born
Basketball player Karl Malone, 9-time All-NBA 1st team (1989-97) with Utah; member of the 1992 and '96 Olympic Dream Teams; league MVP in 1997 born
Baseball player Barry Bonds, 3-time NL MVP, twice with Pittsburgh (1990,92) and once with San Francisco (1993); NL's HR and RBI leader in 1993; became only second player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in same season in 1996. born
Actor Kadeem Hardison born
Actor John P. Navin Junior born
The "Apollo Eleven" astronauts -- two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon -- splashed down safely the Pacific.
Actress Jennifer Lopez ("Selena") born
The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
An Apollo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific, completing a mission which included the first-ever docking with a Soyuz capsule from the Soviet Union.
A Miami jury convicted Theodore Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy.
Actress Anna Paquin ("The Piano") born
After 14 years and four Super Bowl championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Terry Bradshaw retired from the National Football League. Bradshaw, age 35, was forced to the sidelines by an elbow injury.
President Reagan told a news conference he had "no plan" for a tax increase the following year despite Democratic presidential nominee Walter F. Mondale's assertion that one was inevitable.
About 100 Lebanese released from an Israeli military prison crossed the border into Lebanon; it was the second group of prisoners to be freed by the Israelis since a TWA jetliner was hijacked by Shiite Muslim extremists.
Muslim captors release Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco
A federal jury in San Francisco convicted former Navy radioman Jerry A. Whitworth of espionage for his role in a Soviet spy ring headed by John A. Walker Jr. (Whitworth was sentenced to 365 years in prison.)
The re-flagged Kuwaiti supertanker "Bridgeton" sustained damage after hitting a mine the Persian Gulf.
Hulda Crooks, a 91-year-old mountaineer from California, became the oldest woman to conquer Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak.
On the campaign trail, Republican George Bush heard chants of "E-R-A," a reference to the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, from members of a professional women's group in Albuquerque, while Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis was heckled by anti-abortion protesters in St. Louis.
The Exxon Corporation estimated that its cleanup of the Alaskan oil spill would cost $1.28 billion dollars.
President Bush reacted to reports that veteran U.S. diplomat Felix S. Bloch might have spied for the Soviet Union by saying he was "aggrieved" about the allegations.
Iraq, accusing Kuwait of conspiring to harm its economy through oil overproduction, massed tens of thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks along the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border.
Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer died in Miami at age 87.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced a final agreement on a treaty designed to preserve the Soviet federation while giving more power to the republics.
Members of POW-MIA families disrupted a speech by President Bush, prompting Bush to snap, "Would you please shut up and sit down?"
Two Los Angeles police officers sentenced in Rodney King beating
House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski denied allegations he'd received embezzled funds, saying he had engaged in "no illegal or unethical conduct."
The Russian government announced it would invalidate billions of pre-1993 rubles.
Miguel Indurain won his fourth consecutive Tour de France victory.
Rwandan refugees began trickling home after Zaire reopened the border between the two countries; meanwhile, the first wave of a U.S. airlift arrived.
A suicide bomber set off an explosion in a crowded commuter bus in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing six people.
Two bombs blamed on Tamil separatists ripped through a commuter tranear Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 64 civilians and wounding more than 400.
Haley Barbour, countering Democrats, tells Senate inquiry that party did not accept illegal foreign campaign contributions while he was leader.
Retired Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan died in Arlington, Virginia, at age 91.
A gunman burst into the US Capitol, opening fire and killing two police officers before being shot and captured.
President Clinton attacked the Republicans' $792 billion tax-cut plan in fund-raising speeches and his weekly radio address, saying it would "imperil the future stability of the country." House Majority Leader Dick Armey replied that the GOP plan would help fix an unfair tax system.
President Clinton continued to mediate the Camp David Mideast summit, meeting with Israeli, Palestinian and US negotiators.
Michael Stone, a pro-British paramilitary member, was freed from prison as part of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord after serving eleven years of a life sentence for murder.
Georgia's Democratic former governor Zell Miller was appointed to the late Republican Paul Coverdell's Senate seat.
Stock exchange merger could end San Francisco stock trading
Inter Milan's tour of England back on
NASA announces astronaut glove design contest
Opposition parties rally in Baku for fair elections
Lance Armstrong wins Tour de France for seventh time
Critics honor 2004-best in U.S. TV
World Health Organisation: China engaging in bird flu cover up
Tsunami warning briefly issued for Indian Ocean after latest earthquake
Australia wins first test of The Ashes series
Atlantis departs hangar ahead of August 28 launch
Two New Zealand children die in fire
Pope calls for Middle East peace
PCC promotes new wave of attacks in Brazil
AMD joins forces with ATI
Victoria Cross fetches record price at auction
Major fire in Montreal, Canada, destroys several businesses
U.S. minimum wage gets first federal boost in a decade
Fish consumption by New Yorkers has led to high blood mercury levels
Tour de France: Alexander Vinokourov fails blood test
Cindy Sheehan arrested inside Rayburn Building in Washington DC
Drew Carey to replace Bob Barker as host of "The Price is Right"
Press conference to be held Thursday on new 'Star Trek 11' movie
Bacterial meningitis possibly spread on AirTran flight
Canada-wide manhunt for suspect in Ontario slayings
UK government outlines plans for rail transport
Libya frees foreign HIV medics
African HIV prevalence may also be physiological
Marathon runner addresses Toronto, bringing attention to autism
Amy Winehouse wax model unveiled
Iraq banned from participating in Beijing Olympics
Turkish planes bomb PKK targets in northern Iraq
Palestinian official newspapers: Israel uses super rats against Jerusalem Arabs
Bus crash in Victoria, Australia injures twenty, some critical
Two large earthquakes rattle Japan, Russia
UK opposition leader David Cameron's bicycle was stolen
Armenia to send military forces to Afghanistan
Minor aftershock hits Pichilemu, Chile area
Independent Wisconsin legislative candidate to sue over censorship of controversial description
Matthew Edwards, honored Michigan police officer, shot and killed
Four earthquakes hit the Philippines in quick succession
Man disguised as Darth Vader robs bank
Two NATO soldiers captured in Afghanistan
Dozens die in Nigeria flooding
Small Texas town hosts large baseball tournament