Totila, King of the Ostrogoths, takes Rome
Assassination of William "Longsword," Duke of Normandy
Death of Pope Gregory VIII
Election of Pope Clement III
Crusaders gathered to free Burriana, Spain, from the Moors
Tamerlanes Mongols destroy army of Mahmud Tughluk, Sultan of Delhi, at Panipat.
Ferdinand (Hapsburg) of Austria elected King of Bohemia; birth of Austria-Hungary
The Inquisition is established in Portugal
Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII (2nd time)
Consecration of Archbishop Parker
Death of Adrian Willaert, composer
Prince Rupert RUPERT OF THE RHINE, or RUPERT OF THE PALATINATE. He was the most talented Royalist commander of the English Civil War (1642-51). born
Anthony Ö Wood, antiquarian, writer born
Gabrielle-milie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Chtelet French mathematician and physicist who was the mistress of Voltaire. born
American Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, who fought as a man under the alias Robert Shurtleff born
France recognized American independence.
Sir Humphry Davy, discovered several chemical elements born
New York City traffic regulation creates the 1st one-way street
Joseph Henry. One of the first great American scientists after Benjamin Franklin. He aided Samuel F.B. Morse in the development of the telegraph and discovered several important principles of electricity, including self-induction, a phenomenon of primary importance in electronic. born
Poet John Greenleaf Whittier (Barbara Frietchie, Maud Miller, Snowbound; Quaker: devoted to the abolitionist cause in U.S.) born
South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.
Brahms played his own early piano works in a concert setting off the great war of the critics. Critics who were fond of traditional music hailed Brahms as the next great composer.
George L. Brownell of Worcester, MA received a patent for his paper-twine machine.
Conductor Arthur Fiedler He was maestro of the Boston Pops Orchestra for 50 seasons and the best-selling classical conductor of all time; his recordings with the Pops sold some 50,000,000 discs. born
Orville and Wilbur Wright went on the first successful manned, powered-airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Erskine Caldwell, U.S. novelist (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre) born
Paul Cadmus, painter and etcher born
Nobel prize-winning atomic scientist Willard Libby He discovered of Carbon-14, the method, although unreliable at times, for dating ancient plant, animal and mineral remains. born
Trumpeter and composer Sy (Melvin) Oliver ( Easy Does It, Swing High, Well, Git It, Opus No. 1) born
Actress Joan Woodbury (The Time Travelers, Northwest Trail, Song of the Gringo, Bulldog Courage) born
Comedian Gene Rayburn (The Steve Allen Show, Tonight; TV game-show host: Match Game, Make the Connection, Break the Bank; TV panelist: The Name's the Same) born
Colonel William "Billy" Mitchell was convicted at his court-martial of insubordination.
U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg suggests a worldwide pact renouncing war.
Newspaper columnist William Safire born
Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl born
Magazine publisher Robert Guccione born
The critic Philip Heseltine also known as the composer Peter Warlock committed suicide turning on the gas in his apartment while his girlfriend was away.
First flight of the Douglas DC-3 from the Santa Monica Airport in California. This iconic airliner served as a transport in WW2 and as both a transport and gunship in Korea and Vietnam. Many continue service in various capacities such as cargo and passenger service throughout the world
Singer-actor Tommy Steele born
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen kidded around with his pal, Charlie McCarthy, for the first time on radio. The two debuted on "The Rudy Vallee Show" on NBC.
Rock singer-musician Art Neville born
Nat Stuckey (Got Leaving on Her Mind, Days of Sand and Shovels, She Wakes Me Every Morning with a Kiss, Young Love born
Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Snell (800-meter run [1960, 1964] and 1500-meter run ) born
The German pocket battleship "Graf Spee" was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War Two Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay.
Singer Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations Get Next To You; solo: Keep on Truckin', Boogie Down, Shoeshine Boy) born
Actor Bernard Hill (Mountains of the Moon, Shirley Valentine, Bellman and True, Drowning by Numbers, No Surrender, The Bounty, Gandhi) born
The US Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
Actor Ernie Hudson (Tornado!, The Substitute, Congo, Wild Palms, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Ghostbusters series, Joy of Sex, The $5.20 an Hour Dream, Broken Badges) born
Actor Christopher Cazenove (Iron Eagle 3, Three Men and a Little Lady, Windmills of the Gods, Mata Hari, Children of the Full Moon, Eye of the Needle, Zulu Dawn, Royal Flash, A Fine Romance, Dynasty) born
Comedian-actor Eugene Levy born
The Smithsonian Institution accepts the Wright brothers plane, the Kitty Hawk.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) born
Actor Barry Livingston (My Three Sons, Sons and Daughters) born
Country singer Sharon White (wife of Ricky Skaggs) born
Following an earlier decision that favored CBS-TV, the wise minds at the Federal communications Commission changed opinions and decided to approve RCAs color television specifications.
The United States successfully test-fired the "Atlas" intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
Musician Mike Mills (Radio Free Europe,Talk About the Passion, So Central Rain, Seven Chinese Brothers, [Don't Go Back to] Rockville) born
The film "On the Beach" premiered at the Astor Theatre in New York City and in 17 other cities. It was the first motion picture to debut simultaneously in major cities around the world.
Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) born
Ending an election campaign marked by bitterness and violence, Ferdinand Marcos is declared president of the Philippines.
The US Air Force closed its Project "Blue Book" by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
Actor Giovanni Ribisi born
Lynette Fromme was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento, California, to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Ford.
Actress Milla Jovovich born
WTCG-TV, Atlanta, Georgia, owned by Ted Turner, changed call letters to WTBS, and was uplinked via satellite, to become the first commercial TV station to cover the entire U.S. WTBS started on four cable systems, available in 24,000 homes.
Wayne "Danke Schoen" Newton won a $19.2 million judgment against NBC News, which had aired reports linking Newton to mob figures.
Eugene Hasenfus, the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned, then released.
With election results showing him the winner, South Korea's president-elect, Roh Tae-woo, appealed for "national harmony" while his opponents claimed he'd won through fraud.
In his first public statement since the US decided to open direct talks with the PLO, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir expressed shock, calling the US decision a "painful" blow.
More than 100,000 Soviet citizens turned out to honor the late human rights advocate Andrei D. Sakharov, a day before he was buried in Moscow.
President Bush pledged "no negotiation for one inch" of Kuwaiti territory would take place as he repeated his demand for Iraq's complete withdrawal.
President Bush nominated former Tennessee Govenor Lamar Alexander to be secretary of education, succeeding Lauro Cavazos.
President-elect Clinton tapped former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros to be housing secretary. President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.
So-called "suicide doctor" Jack Kevorkian was released from jail in Oakland County, Michigan, after promising not to help anyone end their lives for the time being.
Zubin Mehta and the Chicago Symphony reprised their program of Webern and Schubert, which was notably mainly for the presentation of Webern's early "Passacaglia," which showed what kind of music he might have composed if he had never gone into 12-tone.
Fox Television outbid CBS for the National Football Conference TV package.
Six shots were fired at the White House by an unidentified gunman.
North Korea shot down a US Army helicopter which had strayed north of the demilitarized zone the co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer David Hilemon, was killed; the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Hall, was captured and held for nearly two weeks.
Angry voters handed Russian President Boris Yeltsin a stinging rebuff as Communists and right-wing nationalists scored big wins in parliamentary elections on a platform of rolling back democratic reforms.
Peruvian guerrillas took hundreds of people hostage at the Japanese embassy in Lima (all but 72 of the hostages were later released by the rebels; the siege ended April 22nd, 1997, with a commando raid that resulted in the deaths of all the rebels, two commandos and one hostage).
Six Red Cross workers were slain by gunmen in Chechnya. Kofi Annan of Ghana was appointed United Nations secretary-general.
The United States and 33 other countries signed a convention in Paris aimed at eradicating bribery in international business.
President Clinton's panel on race relations met at Annandale High School in Virginia.
House Speaker-designate Bob Livingston shocked fellow Republicans by admitting he'd had extramarital affairs.
The United States hit Iraq with a second wave of punishing airstrikes. Republicans advanced the impeachment case against President Clinton to the House floor for a debate the following day.
The U.N. Security Council ended a yearlong deadlock and voted to send weapons inspectors back to Iraq and consider suspending sanctions if Baghdad cooperated.
President Clinton signed a law letting millions of disabled Americans retain their government-funded health coverage when they take a job.
Sinn Fein expels Denis Donaldson for spying
English edition of Wikipedia is now larger than the Spanish Encyclopedia ESPASA
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security visit Dartmouth student over library book
Imitation gun pointed at Australia swimmers during training
Cold cases in West Australia examined for Murdoch link
Scientist: Sulfur remedy for greenhouse effect backed by data
Indian Army celebrates Victory Day on 35th Anniversary of Bangladeshi Liberation
Red Cresent workers kidnapped as Blair visits Iraq
Time magazine's Person of the Year is "you"
Melbourne Victory clinch A-League premiership
Africans win the ING Taipei International Marathon
Flight attendant Todd Herzog wins $1 million on 'Survivor: China'
Data for 3 million UK driving candidates lost
Putin will accept prime minister position if Medvedev wins
US presidential candidate Ron Paul breaks online fundraising record
Climate Conference in Bali concluded; opinions on outcome differ
US Supreme Court allows 'light' cigarettes lawsuits
South Korean actress Ok So-ri gets suspended term for adultery
OPEC cuts production by 2.2 million barrels a day
New Zealand Government to repeal Electoral Finance Act
People bid farewell to elderly Shinkansen super-express in Japan
Rudd heckled over 5% climate target
Iraqi journalist arrested after throwing shoes at George W. Bush
Somali pirates hijack Indonesian tugboat and Turkish container ship
Zimbabwe Air Marshal shot
Irish bishop resigns over child abuse scandal
Yegor Gaidar, Russian economist and politician, dies at 53
UK experiences first widespread snow of 2009
Bombings in Iraq kill eight; many wounded
Suspected US drone strikes kill twelve in western Pakistan
EU, Microsoft agree on browser ballot
Australian Federal Police say Wikileaks committed no crime
North Korea warns of 'self-defensive blows,' nuclear war, if military exercises take place
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange granted bail, set free
UK Royal Mail announces record 5p increase in stamp prices
Former French president Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley endorses Mitt Romney for U.S. president
Iceland formally recognises Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders