Death of St. Gelasius, Pope
Death of St. Gregory, Pope
Charlemagne returned Pope Leo III to Rome
Death of al Aziz, Caliph of Egypt
Coronation of Louis IX as King of France
Death of Philip IV "the Fair," King of France
Death of Charles IV, King of Germany
Italian painter Giovanni Bellini, famous for his altarpieces and historical and mythological paintings, died.
Convention of Spanish Inquisitors held; Constitution of the Holy Office written, under Tomas de Torquemada
Margaret, Wife of the King of Scotland born
Imprisonment of Caesare Borgia
Death of Giovanni Bellini
Magellan sights South America
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, onetime adviser to England's King Henry the Eighth, died.
Philip II, King of Spain, admits his nation is bankrupt
The master of the French Baroque, Jean-Baptiste Lully, was born. Lully is the composer who actually stabbed himself in the foot with the staff he was using to conduct and died from the resulting infection. born
Claudio Monteverdi died in Venice. If the records of the time are correct, Monteverdi lived to be 76.
Louis XVI promulgates an edict of tolerance, granting civil status to Protestants.
Austrian physicist Christian Doppler born
Author Louisa May Alcott born
Chinese Empress Dowager Tz'u Hsi born
English electrical engineer John Fleming, who devised the radio tube-diode born
Colonel John M. Chivington's 3rd Colorado Volunteers massacre Blackkettles's camp of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians at Sand Creek, Colorado. The Indians were waiting for terms of surrender when they were killed.
Horace Greeley, who founded the daily New York Tribune in 1841, died an insane man just three weeks after losing the presidential election to U.S. Grant.
Thomas Edison demonstrated his invention, a hand-cranked phonograph that recorded sound on grooved metal cylinders. Edison shouted verses of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into the machine, which played back his voice.
The first Imperial Diet was opened in Japan. It consisted of a House of Peers and a House of Representatives.
The first Army-Navy football game was played. The Navy Middies won, 24-0.
Film choreographer Busby Berkeley born
British writer and lay theologian C.S. Lewis born
Mildred Elizabeth Sisk, the infamous Axis Sally who broadcast propaganda from Nazi Germany to Allied troops during the Second World War. born
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., politician and Civil Rights leader. born
German atomic physicist Konrad born
Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." His death was shortly after a throat cancer operation. (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)
Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully born
Former Senator & presidential candidate Paul Simon (Democrat, Illinois) born
Navy Lieutenant Commander Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.
Blues singer-musician John Mayall born
Soviet planes bomb an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.
The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to the Soviet attack on the country.
Composer-musician Chuck Mangione born
Pop singer Denny Doherty (The Mamas & the Papas) born
Country singer Jody Miller born
Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) born
The monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed.
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
Metropolitan Opera is televised for the first time as the season opens with "Othello."
Comedian Garry Shandling born
U.S. announces it will conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict.
Movie director Joel Coen ("Fargo") born
Actor-comedian Howie Mandel born
The musical "Bells Are Ringing," starring Judy Holliday, opened on Broadway.
"Enos" the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the "Mercury-Atlas Five" spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
Actor Andrew McCarthy born
President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
The U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the use of English instead of Latin.
Musician Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) born
Actor-producer Neill Barry born
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) born
Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) born
Actress Gena Lee Nolin ("Baywatch") born
A a bill to outlaw the Irish Republican Army became law in Britain.
Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, California, at age 43.
By a vote of 114-21, the UN General Assembly renewed its demand that the Soviet Union withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
President Reagan, ending two days of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, agreed on joint defense measures with Israel to counter what he called a growing Soviet threat in the Middle East.
Taking what he called "the Coors cure," artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder got out his hospital bed for the first time since his operation to sip the can of beer he had requested.
Two spacewalking astronauts from the shuttle Atlantis assembled a 45-foot beam and a pyramid-shaped structure in a test of techniques that might be used in future space construction.
Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
Cuban detainees released 26 hostages they'd been holding for more than a week at the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, Louisiana.
A Korean Air jetliner disappeared off Burma, with the loss of all 115 people aboard; South Korean authorities charged North Korean agents had planted a bomb aboard the aircraft.
A divided US Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.
Senate Democrats elected George Mitchell of Maine to be majority leader, the post being vacated by Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
Romanian Olympic gymnastic hero Nadia Comaneci fled to Hungary. She eventually came to the United States.
The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution authorizing ``all necessary means,'' including military force, against Iraq if it does not withdraw from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991. It was the first such resolution since U.N. sponsorship of the Korean War in 1950.
The chairman of the Soviet Union's State Bank said his institution had halted all payments to the national government because it had run out of money.
Actor Ralph Bellamy died in Santa Monica, California, at age 87.
A dust storm in Coalinga, California, triggered a massive pileup by more than 250 vehicles on Interstate 5, killing 15 people and injuring more than 100.
A refugee center in western Germany was firebombed as violence against foreigners continued, despite a police crackdown on neo-Nazis.
The British government won praise and encouragement in the House of Commons as it defended its secret contacts with the Irish Republican Army.
The House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade by a vote of 288-146.
Fighter jets attacked the capital of Chechnya and its airport hours after Russian President Boris Yeltsin demanded the breakaway republic end its civil war.
President Clinton opened a five-day European trip in London, where he met with Prime Minister John Major, and addressed the British Parliament.
A UN court sentenced a Bosnian Serb army soldier (Drazen Erdemovic) to ten years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims -- the first international war crimes sentence since World War Two.
John C. Salvi the Third, serving a life sentence for fatally shooting two abortion clinic receptionists, hanged himself in his Massachusetts prison cell.
Former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, the city's first black mayor who held office for an unprecedented five terms, died at age 79. games."
Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.
Protestant and Catholic adversaries formed an extraordinary Northern Ireland government designed to bring together every branch of opinion within the bitterly divided society.
Greenpeace protest disrupts Tony Blair CBI speech
"7th Heaven" television series comes to an end
Thai Government rejects amnesty proposal for southern insurgents
Tropical Storm Epsilon forms as Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end
Canadian government falls in non-confidence vote
German, Iraqi driver abducted in Iraq
Suicide bombers blast two Bangladeshi cities
Canada to revisit same-sex marriage issue next week
Polonium 210 traces found on three British Airways aircraft
Two fallen Canadian soldiers return home from Afghanistan
Hell Pizza condom advertisements: complaints upheld
Hare Krishna village in Kazakhstan - fears of further demolition
New Zealand company planning for monorail in Wellington
Protesters march for free speech in New Zealand
Musharraf quits as chief of army staff in Pakistan
Records, competitiveness and creations centre-stage at Soochow International 24H Ultra-Marathon
Sue Gardner appointed as Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
Climate conference in Bali begins on Monday
Wikimedia Foundation among World Economic Forum's 2008 Technology Pioneers
Utah taser incident triggers debate and death threats
Tarja Turunen commences first tour since leaving Nightwish
2007/08 UEFA Cup: Sporting Braga vs. Bayern Munich
Bomb hoax at Royal Ontario Museum
Venus was once more Earth-like than previously thought
Italian ex-prime minister Berlusconi calls for a new party
Mumbai sieges come to an end
Obama declares tougher emission targets before Copenhagen summit
Canadian-born actor Leslie Nielsen dies aged 84
Professional wrestler shot dead in Mexico City; murder investigation launched
US economist tells Portugal to seek bailout
Pope Benedict XVI to visit Benin in 2011
'Americaâs Toughest Sheriff' to endorse Rick Perry for U.S. President
Of cabbages and things: Dutch researchers study wasp hyperparasitoid