Augustus Caesar, 1st Roman Emperor, dies
Baldwin III, King of Jerusalem, takes Ascalon
Poet Iigo Lpez, Spain, marques de Santillana (Comedieta de Ponza) born
Richard II, King of England, surrenders to Henry, his cousin and heir and abdicates
Andrea del Castagno, Italian painter, dies
Election of Pius II as Pope
Maximilian succeeds his father Frederick III as Holy Roman Emperor.
Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) dies accidentally of poison intended for a guest
Italian historian Lodovico Guicciardini (Descrittione di Tutti) born
Dutch lawyer and historian Paulus Merula born
Salamone Rossi was born in Mantua. Rossi composed both secular and synagogue music. And for a time Rossi collaborated with his more famous contemporary Monteverdi. born
Sigismund III is chosen to be the king of Poland.
Elisabeth Stuart, English daughter of James I born
English poet John Dryden born
John Flamsteed, 1st astronomer royal of England. born
Composer Antonio Tonelli born
Gustavus III of Sweden eliminates the rule of parties and establishes an absolute monarchy.
Americans under Major Henry Lee take the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.
Connecticut clockmaker Seth Thomas born
The USS Constitution earns the nickname "Old Ironsides" during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere. Often venturing into harm's way, America's most famous sailing ship twice came close to oblivion--once at the hands of a British squadron, and once at the hands of her own navy.
The New York "Herald" reported the discovery of gold in California.
Gail Borden of Brooklyn, New York, patented his process for condensed milk. The milk from contented cows. This slogan was one of the great American advertising campaigns. Borden's is still in business and is one of the largest dairy product concerns in the world. The familiar flat-topped cans of Borden's condensed milk are still available, as are Borden's ice cream, cheese and other products -- all with the seal of approval by Borden's famous mascot, Elsie, the cow.
Financier Bernard Baruch born
The composer Georges Enescu was born in the city of Dorohoiu, Rumania. Enescu's Rumanian-flavored music enjoyed some popularity in the first half of the 20th century but it is less often played nowadays. born
Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel born
The Christian Union was founded by Baptist clergyman Richard G. Spurling in Monroe County, Tennessee. In 1923, this pentecostal denomination changed its name to the Church of God. Headquartered today in Cleveland, Tennessee, its current membership is nearly 500,000.
Actor Alfred Lunt (Tony Award for Quadrille ) born
Novelist James Cozzens (Pulitzer Prize Guard of Honor born
Actor Claude Dauphin (Franc-Nohain) ( Les Miserables, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Is Paris Burning, April in Paris) born
Actress June Collyer (Heermance) (A Face in the Fog, The Ghost Walks, Drums of Jeopardy) born
The first race run on the brick track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana was held on this day.
The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) lands in France.
Author Ring Lardner (You Know Me, Haircut & Other Stories) born
Two Americans were killed when a German U-boat torpedoed a British liner in the Atlantic Ocean, an incident that helped bring the United States into World War I.
Publisher Malcolm Forbes, Sr. (Forbes magazine) born
Producer - writer Gene Roddenberry Star Trek, Have Gun Will Travel) born
The comedy program "Amos and Andy," starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, made its network radio debut on NBC.
Former jockey Willie Shoemaker born
Actress Debra Paget (Tales of Terror, The Ten Commandments, Omar Khayyam, Love Me Tender, Prince Valiant) born
A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuehrer.
Tennis coach Renee Richards born
Spanish poet Fredico Garcia Lorca is shot by Franco's troops after being forced to dig his own grave.
Actress Diana Muldaur born
Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) born
Actress Jill St. John born
About six-thousand Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering about 50-percent casualties.
Singer Billy J. Kramer born
Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven born
In an effort to prevent a communist uprising in Paris, Charles DeGualle begins attacking German forces all around the city. Adolf Hitler had decreed that Paris should be left a smoking ruin, but Dietrich von Choltitz thought better of his Fhrer's order.
President William J. Clinton born
Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore born
Actor Gerald McRaney born
Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations.
Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) born
Actor Jonathan Frakes born
Political consultant Mary Matalin born
Israel's parliament conferred Israeli citizenship posthumously on all Jews killed by the Nazis during the years of the Holocaust (1933-45) in Europe.
Actor Peter Gallagher born
Floods hit the northeastern United States, killing 200 people.
Severe flooding in the Northeast caused by the remnants of Hurricane "Diane" claimed some 200 lives.
A tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage.
Actress Kyra Sedgwick born
Country singer Lee Ann Womack born
M-T-V reporter Tabitha Soren born
Actor Matthew Perry ("Friends") born
Country singer Clay Walker born
Tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez born
President Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.
One of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history hit the eastern Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia, rattling buildings in Perth, Australia, 1,000 miles to the south.
Comedian Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles at age 86.
The final episode of "Charlie's Angels" was broadcast on ABC-TV. The show which starred Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and the voice of John Forsythe, went into syndication.
Southeastern Texas began cleaning up from the ravages of Hurricane Alicia, which had left 22 dead and a billion dollars worth of damage in its wake.
Lee Trevino won the 66th PGA Championship - by four stroke. Trevino's payoff for the championship was $125,000. It was his first victory in three years.
Actor J. Evan Bonifant ("Blues Brothers 2000") born
Republican Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada, a close friend and adviser of President Reagan's, announced he would not seek re-election, citing personal reasons.
A car bomb exploded during morning rush hour at the main square in central Tehran, killing 20 people. Iran first blamed "American agents," but later executed what it described as an "Iraqi agent."
Consumer reporter David Horowitz was held at gunpoint -on camera. During a KNBC-TV newscast in Burbank, California, Horowitz was forced to read the assailant's rambling note. The program went off the air until police could remove the gunman.
A third convoy of US warships and reflagged Kuwaiti tankers slipped into the Persian Gulf before dawn and headed up the waterway behind a screen of mine-seeking helicopters.
In Britain's worst mass killing, gunman Michael Ryan shot and killed 16 people during a rampage through Hungerford.
Hundreds of U.N. observers deployed along the Iran-Iraq war front on the eve of a cease-fire, the first step toward ending nearly 8 years of bloodshed.
During a news conference in his hometown of Huntington, Indiana, Republican vice-presidential nominee Dan Quayle defended his service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein offered to free all foreigners detained in Iraq and Kuwait provided the United States promise to withdraw its forces from Saudi Arabia and guarantee that an international economic embargo would be lifted.
Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. Russian federation President Boris N. Yeltsin, defying the coup plotters, called for a general strike.
The third night of the Republican national convention in Houston, billed as "family values night," featured first lady Barbara Bush and Marilyn Quayle, wife of Vice President Quayle, as speakers.
Dr. George Tiller was shot and wounded outside an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, by Rachelle Shannon, who was later sentenced to eleven years in prison.
Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony was performed at Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony under Bernard Haitink. But that's just the appetizer. Most of the evening consisted of them and several soloists performing the Third Act of Wagner's "Gotterdammerung."
President Clinton abruptly halted the nation's three-decade open-door policy for Cuban refugees, ordering the Coast Guard to intercept boat people at sea and take them to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.
Three top U.S. diplomats heading to peace talks in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, were killed when their armored vehicle plunged off a muddy road and exploded.
A judge sentenced former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker to four years' probation for his Whitewater crimes.
Ralph Nader accepted the presidential nomination of the Green Party in Los Angeles, denouncing tax breaks for corporations and calling for a "political alternative" to the two mainstream parties.
Carl Drega, a 67-year-old resident of Colebrook, New Hampshire, shot and killed a part-time judge, two state troopers and a newspaper editor before being killed in a gun battle with police.
President Clinton spent a quiet 52nd birthday with his family on Martha's Vineyard as controversy continued to swirl over his admissions to a grand jury concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Confronting questions about possible past drug use, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush told reporters he had not used illegal drugs in 25 years, and added that if voters insisted on knowing more "they can go find somebody else to vote for."
Next Shuttle flight delayed to next year; ISS crew begin spacewalk
Former rebel becomes President of Burundi
Moroccan gets seven years in German 9/11 retrial
Rocket attack on USS Ashland docked in Jordan; another rocket fired at Israeli town
Australian Air Force crews "at war" with Veterans' Affairs over compensation
Merck & Co. found liable for $253.4 million in Texas man's Vioxx-related death
Former British Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam dies
Syrian-born youth killed while building bomb in Norway
China and Russia continue joint army exercise
Explosion in San Francisco injures one, cause unknown
Lebanese security source: Israeli jets open fire in eastern Lebanon
War on Terrorism could continue longer than the Cold War: Australia's Treasurer
Dead mountaineer found after seventeen years
German bomb suspect arrested by police
Ford announces deep production cuts in response to growing losses
Annan: Israel violates cease-fire
Sri Lanka bombs LTTE, aid workers seek access
Top Hamas official seized by Israel
Virtual orchestra opens in London
All Blacks win Tri Nations rugby series
Alice Cooper sets up Christian at-risk youth center in Phoenix, US
Second fire in Pakistani office building this year kills one, injures four
U.S. House Ethics Committee to examine congressional press secretary vandalizing Wikipedia articles with government computer
Tennis: Justine Henin defeats Jelena Jankovic to win Rogers Cup
Utah mine vice president: miners may not be found
HiNet, WCG, and WGT unite holding Taiwanese Gaming Athletes' Qualification
Silesian language granted ISO code
Settlers allegedly steal Palestinian water in the West Bank
Biden's Georgia visit raises speculation about VP nod
Egypt's Shura Council parliament building on fire
New York City residents lift bus off pregnant woman
Teen sex conviction in Australia for Mi-Sex manager
Arrest made over murder of UK gemstone expert in Kenya
Reality TV star sought after model found dead in California dumpster
Michael Jackson doctor posts message on YouTube
F1 driver Massa speaks about accident: "I wasn't scared"
Hurricane Bill now a Category 4 storm
UK film board rejects Japanese horror 'Grotesque'
Nelson Mandela charity official resigns over 'blood diamonds'
US combat forces pull out of Iraq
US Marine Corps blame deadly Morocco Osprey plane crash on pilots
Multiple planes perform aerial spraying over greater Dallas, Texas in effort to combat mosquitoes
Caboolture to play Maroochydore in Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Preliminary Final
General of Egyptian army intends to use full force to stop protests