Jacques de Vitry writes to Pope Honorius III about "King David" (the KaKhan of the Mongols)
Cornerstone laid for a monastery endowed by Othon de Grandson
Frederick of Hohenzollern invested as Elector of Brandenburg
Venice signs a treaty with the Turks
Reconstruction of the Japanese Imperial Palace begins, after it, and the city of Kyoto were destroyed in a Civil War
Italian duchess Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, born
Filippino Lippi, Renaissance Florentine painter, dies
Foundation stone for the new St. Peter's Basilica laid in Rome
John Foxe, preacher, writer (Book of Martyrs), dies
Composer Giacomo Carissimi, near Roma born
Death of Sir Julius Caesar, English barrister
American patriot Paul Revere began his famed ride through the Massachusetts countryside, crying out "The British are coming!" to rally the Minutemen.
Franz von Suppe was born in the Croatian seaport of Split . Von Suppe became a well-known conductor and composer for the theater. The most popular von Suppe works are the "Poet and Peasant" and "Light Cavalry" overtures.
The telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House of New York City.
Lawyer Clarence Darrow born
San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed.
1st International Cricket Match, held in San Francisco, won by California
Tornado kills 99 in Marshfield, Missouri
Symphony conductor Leopold Stokowski born
New York State passed an act that established free public baths. They were to be open 14 hours a day and provide hot and cold water.
A devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died. It lasted 48 seconds and registered 8.25 on the Richter Scale, qualifying as America's worst ever earthquake.
Movie composer Miklos Rozsa born
Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, was incorporated.
Actress Barbara Hale born
The first game was played in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-1. Fred Lieb of the New York Evening Telegraph dubbed the stadium as "The House that Ruth built," and the name stuck.
Blues singer Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown born
The first coin-operated laundry (called a "washateria") was opened by J.F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas.
An air squadron from the USS "Hornet" led by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
The first World War II edition of The Stars and Stripes was published as a weekly newspaper for U.S. troops in Northern Ireland. (It became a daily paper the following November.)
Leonard Bernstein's ballet "Fancy Free" - about sailors on shore leave - was premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The music was so well-received that Bernstein reworked the material into a musical called "On the Town."
Famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.
The League of Nations went out of business. All of its assets were handed over to the United Nations.
Actress Hayley Mills born
Country musician Walt Richmond (The Tractors) born
Actress Cindy Pickett born
Actress-director Dorothy Lyman born
The Republic of Ireland formally declared itself independent from Britain. With the Republic of Ireland Act Southern Ireland came into being.
Physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey.
Actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.)
Actress Melody Thomas Scott ("The Young and the Restless") born
Rock musician Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen) born
Actor Eric McCormack ("Will and Grace") born
The Mutual Broadcasting System was sold to the 3M Company of Minnesota for $1.25 million. Previously, the network had been owned by MONY (Mutual of New York).
Talk show host Conan O'Brien born
Bill Russell was named player-coach of the Boston Celtics, the first African-American coach in the National Basketball Association.
Actress Maria Bello ("E-R") born
Rock musician Craig Eklund (Everclear) born
The Washington District Court conducting the Watergate proceedings issued a subpoena on President Richard M. Nixon to produce tape recordings and other material demanded by the Special Prosecutor.
Actress Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch") born
The U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.
Rhodesia became the independent nation of Zimbabwe as the British flag was lowered at a ceremony in Salisbury.
62 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.
Pulitzer Prizes went to Alice Walker for her novel "The Color Purple" and Marsha Norman for her play "'night, Mother."
Two unarmed U.S. Army helicopters, one of them carrying two American senators, made forced landings after coming under fire on a flight over Honduras near the border with El Salvador.
Amid controversy over his plans to visit a German military cemetery, President Reagan told news editors in Washington that the German soldiers had been "victims" of the Nazis "just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps.""
A Titan rocket carrying a secret military payload exploded seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
President Reagan used his weekly radio address to express hope the superpowers could reach an agreement to sharply reduce the threat of intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
An Israeli court convicted John Demjanjuk, a retired auto worker from Cleveland, of committing war crimes at the Treblinka death camp more than 40 years earlier. (Israel's Supreme Courtl later overturned Demjanjuk's conviction.)
Thousands of Chinese students demanding democracy tried to storm Communist Party headquarters in Beijing.
The Soviet Union shut off a pipeline that supplied the rebellious republic of Lithuania with crude oil ; a day later, the Soviets severely reduced the flow of natural gas.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may make it a crime to possess or look at child pornography, even in one's home.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev ended his summit in Japan without winning the major aid package he'd been hoping for.
The Census Bureau estimated its 1990 census had failed to count up to 6.3 million people.
President Bush unveiled his America 2000 education strategy, which included a voluntary nationwide exam system and aid pegged to academic results.
Serbia issued a protest to the United States, accusing Washington of siding with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in the Yugoslav crisis.
Democrat Jerry Brown met with black leaders in Philadelphia while front-runner Bill Clinton visited a Phillies-Pirates ballgame as the two courted Pennsylvania primary voters.
The government of Bosnia-Herzegovina agreed to a truce, effectively relinquishing besieged Srebrenica. Meanwhile, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic threatened to boycott further U.N. peace talks if tougher U.N. sanctions were implemented.
Former President Nixon suffered a stroke at his home in Park Ridge, New Jersey, and was taken to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; he died four days later.
The Federal Reserve boosted short-term interest rates for the third time in 1994, from 3.5 to 3.75 percent.
Quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football.
The Houston Post newspaper closed after more than a century.
President Clinton held a prime-time news conference in which he said he was satisfied that he remained relevant in a Republican-dominated capital, and challenged Congress to send him an acceptable welfare bill.
Congress passed and sent to President Clinton long-awaited legislation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism.
President Clinton addressed the Japanese Parliament, hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stability in Asia.
Israeli shells killed 91 Lebanese refugees in a U.N. camp (Israel called the attack an "unfortunate mistake").
Gunmen opened fire at a hotel in Egypt, killing 18 Greek tourists.
President Clinton held a news conference in which he warned Republicans that a balanced-budget deal may not come quickly, while reassuring nervous Democrats that he would not abandon the party's prized social programs.
Despite fierce internal dissent, Northern Ireland's main Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists, approved a peace agreement.
The remains of Pol Pot were cremated, three days after the Khmer Rouge leader blamed for the killings of up to two million Cambodians died at age 73.
Former North Carolina governor and US senator Terry Sanford died in Durham at age 80.
NATO launched its most active day of airstrikes in its assault on Yugoslavia, pummeling refineries, bridges and dozens of other targets in the 25th straight day of attacks.
Wayne Gretzky played his last National Hockey League game as his New York Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
In a defeat for the United States, a United Nations commission in Geneva voted 22-18 against censuring China's human rights record.
Robert L. Yates Jr. was arrested in Spokane, Wash., and charged with murdering a teen-age prostitute. (Yates later confessed to killing 13 people, and was sentenced to 408 years in prison.)
In his first game back following a 12-game suspension for making disparaging remarks about minorities, gays and immigrants, Atlanta's John Rocker pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-3, 12-inning victory over Philadelphia.
Movie industry looks toward bitTorrent as possible video distribution method
India, China to jointly construct Buddhist temple in Henan Province
Five anti-hail centres to be set up in Romania
Romanian government to sell 10 percent of its shares in Romgaz
Adobe to Purchase Macromedia for $3.4 Billion
Survivors gather to remember 1906 San Francisco quake
Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling
Virgin billionaire suggests hybrids to save MG Rover
US allegedly committed acts of violence in Iran using ex-members of MEK during past year
Dead body found in suitcase floating in Auckland harbour
Illinois Ex-Gov. Ryan found guilty of corruption charges
Greenpeace report says Chernobyl death toll has been underestimated
Four Korean women accuse JMS leader Jeong Myeong-seok of rape
Man attacks, kills mental patient
Outage leaves tens of thousands of New Zealanders without Internet
Bell Canada Enterprises might be taken private
More dog and cat food recalled in the United States
Cricket World Cup: Ireland vs Sri Lanka
US Supreme Court upholds ban on partial birth abortions
Virginia Tech gunman sent package to NBC
Electronic voting disputed in France
Iran's Supreme Leader wants religious army
Football: Roma defeats Inter 3-1 in Milan
Turkey's Army chief proposes unarmed flights over Aegean Sea
Ariane rocket launches Vietnam's first satellite
Controlled explosion in Bristol, United Kingdom; man arrested on suspicion of terrorism
YouTube accounts of Scientology critics suspended
Minor earthquake shakes Illinois
Robert Mugabe denounces Britain and opposition
Public disclosure made of final report on deaths of nine in Finnish school shooting
Stagnant air spreads across England
Putin orders Russian government to normalize relations with Georgia
Police have one week to question terror suspect caught in Bristol, UK
Jailed American journalist in Iran sentenced to eight years in prison
Eighteen killed in mine blast in China, officials say
Poland: Around 100,000 people attend public memorial for victims of plane crash
North Korea denies involvement in sinking of South Korean warship
Fourteen dead in two attacks in Somalia
6.3 magnitude quake strikes Papua New Guinea
Champaign, Illinois mayor doubts Obama's natural-born citizenship; local politicians divided on whether mayor should resign
Man shot after attempting to drive through US-Mexico border
Schoolboy dies in Israel after bus hit by rocket from Gaza
NASCAR: Johnson beats Bowyer for victory in Aarons' 499
Texas college student found dead on campus