King Alarik I's Visigoten occupies & plunders Rome
Flavius Ricimer, general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker born
The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.
Coronation of Edward I as King of England
Pope Nicolaus IV publishes degree "Supra montem"
Marriage of Maximillian, Holy Roman Emperor, to Mary of Burgundy
Spanish king Philip II joins Council of Trente
Valletta, capital of Malta, completed and occupied by the Knights of St. John
King Navarra Henri de Bourbon marries Margaretha van Valois
Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I of Orange born
Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
Burning of Urbain Grandier for witchcraft
Mathematician Brook Taylor, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem born
After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forces Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
Composer Antonio Salieri born
The French fleet is destroyed by the British under "Old Dreadnought" Boscawen at the battle of Lagos Bay.
American explorer Meriwether Lewis born
Lord John Russel, Prime Minister of England from 1846 to 1852 and 1865 to 1866 born
Charles F. Adams, U.S. diplomat and public official whose father was John Quincy Adams born
Chicago department store founder Marshall Field born
The organization of the American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City.
US forces led by General Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Chief Little Crow leads the Sioux in an uprising that lasts until defeated by Colonel Henry H. Sibley at Wood Lake, Minnesota, on September 23, that same year.
Songwriter Otto Harbach ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes") born
Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.
Marcel Proust went on holiday with a composer named Reynaldo Hahn. Proust told the 19-year-old Hahn that he would make him the main character of his new novel, and apparently Hahn was indeed the basis for the character Henri de Reveillon in the book "Jean Santeuil."
Cosmetic mogul Max Factor born
President Wilson issued his "Proclamation of Neutrality," aimed at keeping the United States out of World War One.
Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky was given to the U.S. government as a national shrine to the 16th president.
Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger born
The Anti-Cigarette League of America was formed in Chicago, Illinois.
Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.
Actress Shelley Winters born
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter born
The first cross-country women's air derby begins. Louise McPhetride Thaden wins first prize in the heavier-plane division, while Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie finishes first in the lighter-plane category.
Actor Grant Williams ( Escape from Planet Earth, The Incredible Shrinking Man) born
Movie director Roman Polanski born
Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente born
Actor Robert Redford born
President Roosevelt dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.
Singer Johnny Preston born
The United States and Canada established a World War II plan of joint defense against possible enemy attacks.
Actor Christopher Jones born
A Czech composer was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp. Erwin Schulhoff was 48. He had composed a cantata to the words of the Communist Manifesto. Schulhoff was one of many composers who never got a chance to prove themselves.
Actor-comedian Martin Mull born
The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completes the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemnde. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat, Hitler's V-weapon offensive.
Actor Patrick Swayze born
Assistant Secretary of Labor James E. Wilkins became the first black to attend a meeting of a president's Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.
Actress Madeleine Stowe born
James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) born
Actor Christian Slater born
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner born
President Ford was nominated in Kansas City, Mo., to head the Republican ticket. He lost the presidential race to Democrat Jimmy Carter in November.
Actor Mika Boorem ("The Tom Show") born
The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 22 innings -- before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1. The game had started the previous day and had been postponed, after 17 innings, because of darkness.
For the first time, volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the $100 million level as 132.69 million shares were traded.
Hurricane "Alicia" slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 22 dead and causing more than a billion dollars' worth of damage.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announced his country would extend its nuclear testing moratorium, which began in August 1985, until January 1, 1987.
American journalist Charles Glass escaped his kidnappers in Beirut after 62 days in captivity. (Glass had been abducted June 17th with two Lebanese who were released after a week.)
A U.S. frigate fired warning shots across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman -- apparently the first shots fired by the United States in the Persian Gulf crisis.
Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea. (Gorbachev and members of his family remained effectively imprisoned until the coup collapsed three days later.)
On the second night of the Republican national convention in Houston, Texas Senator Phil Gramm delivered the keynote address, denouncing Bill Clinton's economic program as "worse than sleaze."
Basketball star Larry Bird announced his retirement after 13 years with the Boston Celtics. In his 13 years, he was MVP three times, played in 12 All-Star Games and got triple-doubles in 69 games.
A convoy of 17 buses carrying 1,000 women and children left war-torn Sarajevo in the second such evacuation from Bosnia in a week.
A judge in Sarasota, Florida, ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl who had been switched at birth with another baby, need never see her biological parents again, in accordance with her stated wishes. (However, Kimberly later moved in with Ernest and Regina Twigg.)
Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles declared an immigration emergency and demanded federal help to cope with the largest surge of Cuban refugees since the 1980 Mariel boatlift.
Shannon Faulkner, who'd won a 21/2-year legal battle to become the first female cadet at The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military college after less than a week, most of it spent in the infirmary.
Ross Perot, the presidential nominee of the Reform Party, launched his campaign with a speech in which he criticized the Republican and Democratic parties as captives of "special interests."
On the eve of his 50th birthday, President Clinton was guest of honor at a trio of events in New York that combined celebrating with fund-raising.
United Parcel Service and the Teamsters union reached a tentative agreement to end a 15-day-old strike. Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.
A day after his grand jury testimony, President Clinton left Washington on a vacation with his family. Meanwhile, some lawmakers called for Clinton to resign in the wake of his admissions concerning Monica Lewinsky while a spokeswoman for Hillary Rodham Clinton said the first lady "believes in this marriage."
A day after a deadly earthquake struck western Turkey, survivors denounced the rescue effort as sluggish and disorganized. (The death toll eventually topped 17,000.)
Multiple computer worms released as "botwar" rages
Pope visits World Youth Day in Cologne
No 'mates' in Australia's Parliament House
Baghdad morgue received over 1,000 bodies in July
Chandra X-Ray Observatory illuminates Supernova 1987A
Microsoft announces prices for new Xbox 360
Virginians melee at used Apple iBook sale
Israeli troops remove protesters from Gaza synagogues
Madrid bombing suspect arrested in Belgrade
U.S. Army intelligence had detected 9/11 terrorists year before, says officer
Iraqi gasoline is the cheapest in the world at $.05 per gallon
Two New Zealand men ran illegal text lottery
Irish firm issues free energy challenge to scientists
Muhammad cartoon row continues
US senators on Greenland tour
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to have launch pad
North Korea reportedly planning nuclear bomb test
Canadian soldier killed in accidental shooting laid to rest
North Korea to accept international aid
Wikimedia servers unreachable for 3 hours due to network outage
Man falls into 70 gallons of chocolate
Web.com announces second quarter results
Woman cleared in US liquid bomb scare
Small plane makes crash landing in Massachusetts, USA
Finland claims second world record for karaoke
Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup
Hurricane Dean forecasted to become "catastrophic" Category 5 storm
Plane flying from Cyprus to Istanbul, Turkey hijacked
Pakistan's Musharraf announces resignation
McCain and Obama participate in Saddleback Church forum
Tennis: Jelena JankoviÄ wins Cincinnati Masters
Neville Chamberlain's War Diaries go on display
Suspected hijackers of Arctic Sea detained by Russian Navy
Australian receives bravery award for rescues in Indonesian air disaster
Suicide bomber kills seven people in Afghan capital
Lockerbie bombing appeal dropped
Dozens dead after bus accident in Philippines
Scottish based game-developer Realtime Worlds enters administration
Lucas announces Star Wars for Blu-ray
Scots report crime using Facebook
News of the World: New document suggests cover-up
SETI Institute set to re-open
Former Governor-General of New Zealand Paul Reeves dies aged 78
Noosa through to Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Grand Final