Death of Bernard de Tremelai, 4th Master of the Templars
Albrecht II von Habsburg, king of Bohemia/Hungary/Germany born
Death of Wenceslaus, King of Germany
Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegatte, France, in the Battle of the Spurs.
Treaty of Union between Brittany and France
Abbot Whiting of Glastonbury hires James Renynger as music- master and organist for the Abbey
Dutch lawyer/pastor/vicar Carolus Gallus born
Jean de la Bruyere, French writer and moralist famous for his work Characters of Theophratus born
Charles II, King of England and Scotland, signs the National Covenant of Scotland
France declares a state of bankruptcy.
At the Battle of Bennington, New England's minute men rout British regulars.
American troops are badly defeated by the British at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
American General William Hull surrenders Detroit without resistance to a smaller British force under General Issac Brock.
St. John Bosco, Italian educator. Poverty among the children in the city of Turin led him in 1859 to establish the Society of St. Francis of Sales (the Salesians). Bosco was canonized by Pius XI in 1934. born
The original "Siamese twins," Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston aboard the ship "Sachem" to be exhibited to the Western world.
The French physicist Gabriel Lippman, inventor of color photography born
Adolf von Schlatter, Swiss Protestant New Testament scholar. His 1921 History of Christ maintained that the success of any systematic theology had to be based on a foundation of solid biblical exegesis. born
Telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
Union and Confederate forces clash near Fredericktown and Kirkville, Missouri.
President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy.
Basketball and Football Hall of Famer- Amos Alonzo Stagg born
Gabriel Pierne. He would become one of the minor "fin de siecle" French composers. Some of his harp music is still performed today. born
Bernard McFadden, publisher responsible for the magazine True Story born
Death of early 19th century Presbyterian revivalist Charles G. Finney, 82. Converted at 29, he led revivals for several years before affiliating with Oberlin College in 1835, where he spent the rest of his professional life.
Hugo Gernsback, responsible for science fiction becoming an independent literary form. born
Harold Foster, cartoonist, created "Prince Valiant", known for it's fine drawing and historical detail. born
Labor leader George Meany born
Wendell Stanley, biochemist, first to crystallize a virus (Nobel '46) born
Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin born
Liege, Belgium, falls to the German army.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres born
Sportscaster Frank Gifford born
Actress Julie Newmar born
Actress Anita Gillette born
Nazi Olympics opened with a fanfare by Richard Strauss. Strauss stayed in Germany during World War Two. Afterwards, his supporters said he had not been a political person.
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the first school to institute graduate study courses in traffic engineering and administration.
The famous vaudeville house, Hippodrome, in New York City, was used for the last time
Actress Carole Shelley born
Country singer Billy Joe Shaver born
Movie director Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy") born
Don Wyrtzen, contemporary Christian songwriter. Among his most enduring sacred compositions are "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" and "Worthy is the Lamb." born
Football player Woody Peoples born
A bomb hit La Scala, damaging the hall but not the stage. The Allies said they did not intentionally bomb artistic or cultural centers.
Ballerina Suzanne Farrell born
Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942, is released from a POW camp in Manchuria by U.S. troops.
Actress Lesley Ann Warren born
Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.
Margaret Mitchell, the 49-year-old author of Gone With the Wind, died in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was taken after being struck by a taxi. She was on her way to see a movie at the time. The cab driver was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Rock singer-musician Joey Spampinato (NRBQ) born
Actor Reginald VelJohnson born
Baseball player Al [Alfred Willis] Holland born
T-V personality Kathie Lee Gifford born
Rhythm-and-blues singer J.T. Taylor born
Movie director James Cameron ("Titanic") born
"Sports Illustrated" was first published by Time Incorporated.
Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.
Rock musician Tim Farriss (INXS) born
Actress Angela Bassett born
Actress Laura Innes ("E-R") born
Actor Timothy Hutton born
Britain granted independence to the crown colony of Cyprus.
A world record for a successful free fall was set by Joseph Kittinger. What Mr. Kittinger did was quite amazing. He dropped from an altitude of 84,700 feet - more than 16 miles - before opening his parachute over New Mexico.
Actor Donovan Leitch born
Country singer Emily Erwin (The Dixie Chicks) born
African-American Methodist clergyman from Dominica, West Indies, Philip A. Potter, 51, was named general secretary of the World Council of Churches. Serving until 1984, Potter gave strong spiritual guidance to the work of the WCC.
The "King of Rock and Roll," Elvis Presley, died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.
House and Senate conferees on Capitol Hill approved sweeping legislation to extensively restructure the federal income tax law.
Thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "harmonic convergence," which heralded what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.
156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from a Detroit airport; the sole survivor was four-year-old Cecelia Cichan.
Vice President George Bush tapped Indiana Senator Dan Quayle to be his running mate.
A rare prime-time lunar eclipse occurred over most of the United States, although clouds spoiled the view for many.
President Bush met with Jordan's King Hussein in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he urged the monarch to close Iraq's access to the sea through the port of Aqaba.
In Iraq, President Saddam Hussein issued a statement in which he repeatedly called Bush a "liar" and said the outbreak of war could result in "thousands of Americans wrapped in sad coffins."
Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.
In Moscow, Alexander Yakovlev, a top adviser to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, resigned from the Communist Party, warning that hard-liners were plotting ''a party and state coup.''
On the eve of the Republican national convention in Houston, President Bush and party officials were heatedly denying a "New York Times" report that a confrontation with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was being motivated by political concerns.
President Clinton opened his campaign for health care reform with a speech to the nation's governors in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Actor Stewart Granger died in Santa Monica, California, at age 80.
New York police rescued business executive Harvey Weinstein from a covered 14-foot-deep pit, where he'd been held nearly two weeks for ransom.
President Clinton and other top Democrats were scouring the House of Representatives for converts in hopes of reviving a stalled anti-crime bill.
The government more than doubled its estimate of rapes or attempted rapes in the United States each year, to 310,000, a finding that was praised by leaders of women's groups.
A jubilant Bob Dole set out from the Republican convention, promoting his tax-cut plan as a boon to working families.
Thousands of Elvis Presley fans thronged Graceland on the 20th anniversary of his death.
Two cosmonauts just returned from Mir (Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin) held a news conference in which they rejected criticism that they were to blame for troubles aboard the aging, problem-plagued space station.
Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland united in uncomprehending grief over the car bomb slaughter of 29 people in Omagh a day earlier.
A day before President Clinton was to face a criminal grand jury concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, his lawyer said, "The truth is the truth, and that's how the president will testify."
Four months after two gunmen sent them fleeing in horror, students reclaimed Columbine High School in Colorado for the start of the school year.
The quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" began a limited two-week run on ABC.
Vladimir Putin won confirmation as Russia's prime minister, the fifth since early 1998.
Republican Lamar Alexander folded his presidential campaign.
Babies on U.S. no-fly lists holding up passengers
Earthquake strikes northeast Japan, shakes Tokyo
New record time spent in space
Brazilian shot by police on London Underground was not acting suspiciously
TaizÃ© ecumenical community founder FrÃ¨re Roger assassinated
Spanish helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 17
Plane carrying 160 crashes in Venezuela
CNN headquarters infected with computer worm, exaggerates global threat
Somalia food hijackers make new demands
Three Mexican fishermen spend 9 months at sea
6 Canadian soldiers injured in Afghan attack
United Airlines Flight 923 makes emergency landing at Logan International Airport
Fire in Amherstburg, Ontario dies down
Arrest made in JonBenet Ramsey murder case
Google launches free city wide Wi-Fi in Mountain View, California
Astronomers to vote on potential new planets
UK seeks pardon for executed World War I soldiers
Four Lotto 649 winners share jackpot
New Zealand 'Boobs on Bikes' parade approved
Zimbabwe man steals bus for transport to pick up driving licence
Major earthquake strikes Peru followed by multiple large aftershocks
Hurricane Dean is upgraded to a Category 2 storm
Jose Padilla found guilty of supporting terrorism
Scotland loses to India in one-day international cricket match
Large earthquake strikes the Solomon Islands
Balloons let loose for triple murder victim
Dorival Caymmi, Brazillian singer and songwriter, dies aged 94
Russia follows Georgia in signing peace plan
Usain Bolt sets new world record in 100m sprint
Tennis: Andy Murray wins Montreal Masters 2009
Pakistan to Turkey container train service launched
Fighter jets collide, crash into houses near Moscow
UK assumes direct rule over the Turks and Caicos Islands
Four injured after three earthquakes strike Sumatra, Indonesia
South Korean president proposes a reunification tax
Apple manager charged with taking over US$1 million in kickbacks from suppliers
US president Barack Obama backs mosque near Ground Zero site
Boeing 737 crash-lands in Colombia; at least one killed
Former first lady of India Janaki Venkataraman dies at 89
Runaway train causes chaos on London Underground
Hong Kong 'tutor king' applies for bankruptcy
Japan to use renewable energy
Up to 74 reported dead after Iraq bombings
Ryanair sack, sue pilot over participation in safety documentary