The first recorded American execution of a "witch" took place in Massachusetts.
Czar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg as the new capital of Russia.
Financier Cornelius Vanderbilt born
American social reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the ``bloomers'' garment that bears her name, born in Homer, N.Y. born
Poet Julia Ward Howe, writer of the lyrics for ``The Battle Hymn of the Republic'' born
Financier and railroad developer Jay Gould born
Frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok born
Dancer Isadora Duncan born
Louis Durey, one of the lesser known members of "Les Six", was born. born
Detective novelist Dashiell Hammett born
255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois.
Vice President Hubert Humphrey born
Novelist Herman Wouk born
Actor Christopher Lee born
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger . born
Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was first released.
The Chicago World's Fair opens "A Century of Progress International Exposition" with liability coverage provided by Zurich General Accident & Liability Insurance Co
The Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act.
Actress Lee Meriwether born
Jazz musician Ramsey Lewis born
The Cunard liner "Queen Mary" left England on its maiden voyage.
Actor Louis Gossett Junior born
The newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was opened to the public.
Country singer Don Williams. born
Amid rising world tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency."
The British Navy sunk the German battleship "Bismarck" off France, with a loss of 2300 lives.
Actor Bruce Weitz (Hill Street Blues) born
Singer Bruce Cockburn born
Singer Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees) born
Rock musician Eddie Harsch (The Black Crowes) born
Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) born
Actress Cathy Silvers born
Independent India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died.
Rock musician Sean Kinney (Alice Chains) born
The U.S. nuclear submarine Scorpion disappeared in the Atlantic with 99 men aboard.
Actor Dondre Whitfield born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Left Eye (TLC) born
Rapper Andre (Outkast) born
New York City fined "human fly" George H. Willig $1.10 -- one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he'd scaled the day before.
In a brief ceremony in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell, responding to comments by Jim Bakker, denied hoodwinking Bakker into giving up control of the PTL ministry.
The Senate voted 98-5 in favor of the U.S.-Soviet treaty to abolish intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
Leaders of the Chinese student protest movement proposed that demonstrators hold one more rally, then end their occupation of Tiananmen Square, an idea that was later abandoned.
Cesar Gaviria, 34, was elected president of Colombia after a campaign in which three candidates were killed. He vowed to make no deals with the cocaine cartels.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev tried to calm his nation's economic nerves with a hastily scheduled television address.
The political opposition of Burma (Myanmar) won the country's first free, multiparty elections in three decades.
In a commencement speech at Yale University, President Bush announced he would ask Congress to extend most-favored-nation trade benefits to China for another year.
Ethiopia ordered its troops to lay down their arms in the face of a rebel advance.
The 12-nation European Community imposed trade sanctions on Serbia to stop its interference in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The New York Philharmonic gave the world premiere of Karel Husa's Violin Concerto. Glenn Dicterow soloed and Kurt Masur conducted.
Five people were killed when a car bomb exploded near an art gallery in Florence, Italy. A few paintings by relatively minor artists were destroyed but masterpieces by Botticelli and Michaelangelo survived.
U.S. sailor Terry Helvey was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the October 1992 death of gay shipmate Allen Schindler in Sasebo, Japan.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra wound up its European tour when it performed at Germany's "Bodensee Festival." Hugh Wolff led America's only full-time professional chamber orchestra in Ravel's "Tombeau de Couperin," and Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto.
Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia to the emotional cheers of thousands after spending two decades in exile.
Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when thrown from his horse during a jumping event in Charlottesville, Va.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the rebels' leader.
The Supreme Court ruled Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton while he is in office.
Arie Luyendyk won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time.
Twenty-seven people were killed when a tornado struck Jarrell, Texas.
Michael Fortier, the government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after apologizing for not warning anyone about the deadly plot.
A U.N. tribunal indicted Slobodan Milosevic for crimes against humanity, holding the Yugoslav president personally responsible for the horrors in Kosovo and brutal purge of ethnic Albanians.
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off on a mission to carry supplies to the new international space station.
In Milan, Italy, the latest restoration of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, an effort that took 22 years, went on display during a VIP-only showing.
Freight cars loaded with hazardous chemicals crashed and exploded in Eunice, Louisiana, forcing the evacuation of thousands.
Telephone conversation transcripts released on this date show President Richard M. Nixon jokingly threatening to drop a nuclear bomb on Capitol Hill as Congress was moving to impeach him over the Watergate scandal in March of 1974
Schapelle Corby found guilty, sentenced to 20 years
Armagh man charged with 1998 bombing murders
How tall is tallest? Chinese researchers measure tallest mountain
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd admitted to hospital
No diplomas for now; California Exit Exam appeal must wait
Ahern, Blair to lead Northern Ireland talks
Gang violence continues in East Timor
Tamiflu maker on alert after bird flu deaths in Indonesia
Cricket: West Indies win ODI series, beat India 3-1
Peacekeepers take control in East Timor
New toll proposal on U.S. Interstate 95 nearing passage
Sale Sharks defeat Leicester Tigers to win Guinness Premiership
Pope Benedict XVI visits Poland
Crusaders win Super 14 final in eerie mist
Earthquake kills thousands in Indonesia
Canada, U.S. to tighten security between 'cross-border' library
Fernando Alonso wins Monaco Grand Prix
Myanmar prayer rally calls for release of democracy leader Suu Kyi
Dalai Lama no-show at mass untouchable conversion in India
FIFA suspend Asian Cup football (soccer) champions Iraq
Long March rocket launches first Fengyun-3 weather satellite
Google claims that lawsuit threatens Internet
Canadian foreign affairs minister resigns amid controversy
At least 30 dead after bus crashes off cliff and into river in South Africa
Football: Thomas SÃ¸rensen ready for new club
Workers at Swansea auto parts plant vote to strike
Left-wing EU parliament candidates debate in Cardiff
Fanime convention winds down in San Jose, California
Bottled water concerns health experts
BP says Gulf oil spill slowed as estimates of oil spilled increase
Sudanese president sworn in to another term
Art Linkletter, creator of "Kids Say the Darndest Things", dies peacefully at 97
Head of US Minerals Management Service resigns following BP oil spill response
Vanuatu hit by 7.2 magnitude earthquake
Blagojevich defense team wants to restart jury selection in Illinois corruption trial
Obama to suspend Arctic oil drilling
Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center
UN accuses Australia of 'demonising asylum seekers'
Miami police shoot, kill naked man chewing face of male victim
Catholic pilgrimage in DonglÃ¼ blocked by Chinese police again