Death of Pope Anastasius IV
Charles IV, King of France born
Scots Protestants united by a National Covenant
Ivan IV, "the Terrible," and the Russian Royal family leave Moscow
Violin maker Nicolo Amati born
Galileo invents the telescope.
Bronx, New York, purchased from the Indians by Jonas Bronck
Talented composer Antonio Soler born
Presidential portrait painter Gilbert Stuart born
Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
Oberlin College in Ohio opened with an enrollment of 29 men and 15 women, the nation's first truly co-educational college.
U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist Cleveland Abbe, who initiated daily weather bulletins born
English novelist Joseph Conrad born
Anton von Webern was born in Vienna. Webern took instructions from Arnold Schoenberg for four years, culminating in the "Passacaglia," Opus 1, a remarkable piece which builds enormous drama in about 11 minutes. born
Author Robert Louis Stevenson died in Samoa.
The first successful Technicolor motion picture, "The Toll of the Sea" was shown at the Rialto Theatre in New York City.
Prizefighter Jack Sharkey lost his boxing license when the New York State Boxing Commission revoked his boxing card after Sharkey knocked down referee Eddie Purdy during a match.
The first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra was presented at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Commissioned by Walter Damrosch, American composer, George Gershwin presented "Concerto In F"; and was also the featured soloist playing a flugelhorn in a slow, bluesy style as one of his numbers.
Country singer Ferlin Husky (Gone, Wings of a Dove) born
Singer Andy Williams (Canadian Sunset, Moon River)(some sources 1930) born
Soprano Phyllis Curtin born
The Ford Motor Co. raised the pay of its employees from six to seven dollars a day despite the collapse of the American stock market.
French film director Jean-Luc Godard (some sources 1925) born
Singer Jaye P. Morgan (That's All I Want From You, The Longest Walk) born
Baseball catcher Clay Dalrymple born
Racercar driver Bobby Allison (Daytona 500 winner , oldest Daytona 500 winner ) born
Frank Sinatra recorded "Old Man River" for Columbia Records.
The Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway, starring Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois, Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski.
The "Pumpkin Papers" came to light as the House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne born
Actress Heather Menzies born
Singer Mickey Thomas (Alive Alone) born
Basketball player Jim Brewer born
Basketball player Mike Bantom born
Baseball player Larry Anderson born
Hockey player Bob MacMillan born
"Kismet" opened on Broadway in New York. The show ran for 583 performances.
Actress Daryl Hannah born
"Camelot" opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. Richard Burton and Julie Andrews played the leading roles in the musical written by Lerner and Loewe. Robert Goulet got rave reviews in the show for his songs, "If Ever I Would Leave You", "Then You May Take Me to the Fair" and "How to Handle a Woman", among others. "Camelot" had a run of 873 performances.
The National Council of Churches asks the U.S. to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.
The "Twentieth Century Limited," the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
The O'Kaysions received a gold record for the single, "Girl Watche."
Actor Brendan Fraser ("George of the Jungle") born
The rules committee of Major League Baseball announced that in 1969 the pitcher's mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches in order to "get more batting action."
Actor Royale Watkins ("Built to Last") born
Actress Lauren Roman ("All My Children") born
Eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.
Actress Anna Chlumsky ("My Girl") born
In his final season as head basketball coach of the DePaul Blue Demons, Ray Meyer won game number 700.
More than 4,000 people died after a cloud of gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.
Miss America 1971, wife of the Governor of Kentucky and an heiress to the Kentucky Fried Chicken fortune, Phyllis George signed a multiyear contract with CBS-TV. Her work as coanchor of the "CBS Morning News" began in January 1985.
The space shuttle Atlantis returned safely to Earth, completing a week-long mission that included the launching of three satellites and experiments involving space construction techniques.
Saying, "clearly, mistakes were made," Vice President George Bush defended the administration's secret dealings with Iran, and denied knowing anything about the diversion of funds to Nicaraguan rebels.
Actor Michael Angarano born
Four days before his summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to sign a treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles, President Reagan said in an interview with TV network anchormen that there was a reasonably good chance of progress toward a treaty on long-range weapons.
In South Africa, eleven black funeral mourners were slain in Natal Province in an attack blamed on security forces.
Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State University won the Heisman Trophy.
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev held the second day of their summit talks off Malta aboard the Soviet cruise liner Maxim Gorky; the two leaders then held a joint news conference.
East German Communist leader Egon Krenz, the ruling Politburo and the party's Central Committee, resigned.
President Bush began a five-nation South American tour as he arrived in Brazil.
A Northwest Airlines DC-9 collided on the ground with a Northwest Boeing 727 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, resulting in a fire that claimed eight lives.
Radicals in Lebanon released American hostage Alann Steen, who'd been held captive nearly five years.
Embattled White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu resigned; he was succeeded by Samuel K. Skinner.
The Greek tanker "Aegean Sea" spilled 21 and a-half million gallons of crude oil when it ran aground at La Coruna, Spain.
The UN Security Council unanimously approved a US-led military mission to help starving Somalia.
Lewis Thomas, the great science writer, died. Thomas was also a great music fan. One of his books was called "Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony." But his favorite composer was Bach.
Britain's Princess Diana, saying she was fed up with the media's intrusions into her life, announced she would be limiting her public appearances.
Angola's government and its rebel foes agreed to a cease-fire in their 18-year war.
Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of UN peacekeepers, some of whom had been held for more than a week.
AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser, who along with her two children were infected with HIV because of a blood transfusion, died in Santa Monica, California, at age 47.
President Clinton, wrapping up a five-day European trip, authorized a vanguard of 700 American troops to open a risky mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
former South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan was arrested for his role in a 1979 coup that was followed by the most violent crackdown in the nation's history.
The Justice Department barred 16 Japanese army veterans suspected of World War Two atrocities from entering the United States.
A judge in Hawaii ruled that the state had to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, prompting an appeal.
Four people were killed in a subway bombing in southern Paris.
South Korea struck a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a record $55 billion bailout of its foundering economy.
President Clinton hosted his first town hall meeting on America's race relations in Akron, Ohio.
Republicans jettisoned campaign fund-raising from their impeachment inquiry, clearing the way for a historic House Judiciary Committee vote over President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky and his effort to cover it up.
Six firefighters died while battling a fire in an abandoned Worcester, Mass., industrial building.
Tori Murden of the United States became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone as she arrived at the French Carribean island of Guadeloupe, 81 days after leaving the Canary Islands near the coast of Africa.
Billionaire banker Edmond Safra suffocated in a smoke-filled bathroom in his Monaco apartment; American nurse Ted Maher confessed to setting the fire that killed the 67-year-old Safra.
Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn died at age 57.
Scientists failed to make contact with the Mars Polar Lander after it began its fiery descent toward the Red Planet; the spacecraft is presumed destroyed.
Tennessee town mulls 'stop work order' as construction of controversial grain tanks begins
East Timor - Australia problematic billion-dollar gas and oil accord
Military admits planting news in Iraq
Judge allows student to sue school for revealing sexuality
Thousands demand climate change action
Compensation funding agreement reached for Australian asbestos victims
New prince is born in Norway
Russia wins Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Ed Stelmach elected new Alberta premier
Chief of Fijian military claims that he is in control of Fiji
Former Chilean President Pinochet suffers heart attack
Philippine typhoon toll may hit 1,000
Rumsfeld memo recognizes need for 'major adjustment' in Iraq
Taliban claim: Helicopter in Afghanistan shot down
UCLA defeats USC, ends Trojans' BCS title hopes
Belgian formation talks: King consults incumbent PM
Chinese officials say man dies of H5N1 Avian Flu virus
Teacher jailed over teddy bear given pardon
New Australian Prime Minister signs Kyoto
Bali climate change conference begins
Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics
Calls for "critical breakthrough" in the opening speeches of Climate Conference in Bali
Kevin Rudd sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia
Neste Oil to build world's largest biodiesel plant in Singapore
Sefton, UK ex-mayor jailed
Venezuela's constitutional reform referendum fails to pass
US: Iran nuclear weapons initiative ended in 2003
English FA Cup third round draw
Russian opposition presents alleged evidence of election fraud
Car accident was an act of God, says driver
Local council in Australia rejects McDonald's development plan
.tel top-level domain launched
Republican Senator from Georgia wins run-off election
At least fifteen killed after suicide bombing in Somali hotel
UK Government to look again at drink-drive limit
FIFA to make changes after Thierry Henry handball
Iran releases five detained Britons
Pakistani prime minister says Osama Bin Laden not in the country
UK's oldest museum reopened
'Critical safety issue' with A380 engines
British warship HMS Invincible put up for auction online
U.S. Army revives next-generation Ground Combat Vehicle program
'Have them all shot': BBC gets 21,000+ complaints over Jeremy Clarkson's public sector striker comments
Kansas City Chiefs athlete commits murder-suicide