Death of St. Pirminius, first abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Reichenau (located in modern Germany). His name endures today as author of a book entitled "Scarapsus," which is the earliest known writing to contain the Apostles' Creed as it is worded in its present form.
Death of John III Ducas Vatatzes, Emperor of Nicaea, Orthodox saint
Petronilla de Meath burned as a witch, the first such burning in Ireland
Charles VI expels the Jews from Paris & the Royal Domain of France
Christopher Columbus discovers the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second expedition.
The Emperor Maximillian bans "self-igniting" handguns. The ban is cheerfully ignored.
The British Parliament passes the Supremacy Act, officially making England Protestant and putting the English throne at the head of the nation's church.
Richard Hooker, an Anglican rector whose book, "Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity", is a classic on the relationship between church and state, dies in England.
Charles I, future King of England, made Prince of Wales
Massachusetts Bay Company chartered
The Reverend John Eliot, the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity, arrives at Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich, inventor of the sandwich. born
With American independence established, Congress ordered the Continental Army demobilized.
English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, first arrived in America, at New York City. He was the first Methodist bishop to come to the New World.
Principal founder of Texas Stephen Austin, who gave his name to the state capital born
Poet William Cullen Bryant (Thanatopsis, To a Waterfowl, A Forest Hymn, The Prairies) born
Vincenzo Bellini in Sicily. Success followed success with Bellini developing an international reputation for writing good melody lines, although divas sometimes complained that his music wasn't demanding enough. born
Rossini's first opera, now forgotten, premiered in Venice when Rossini was 18.
Pliny Fisk set sail for Palestine. Ordained by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Fisk became the first American missionary to journey to the Near East.
The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.
U.S. Supreme Court declares American Indians to be "dependent aliens."
Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency.
The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.( 31 cars were featured)
French political writer Andr Malraux (Man's Fate) born
Leopold III, King of Belgium. born
Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
Chicago Bears great Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski (Pro Football Hall of Famer, charter member) born
Journalist James Reston born
First all metal plane flown near Issy, France by pilots Ponche and Prinard.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller born
Milk drivers on strike dump thousands of gallons of milk on New York City streets.
Actor Charles (Buchinsky) Bronson (Death Wish series, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Valachi Papers, Sandpiper, Raid on Entebbe, Miss Sadie Thompson, Battle of the Bulge, House of Wax, You're in the Army Now) born
The Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance was organized at St. Louis. It was the forerunner of a new denomination, established in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church, Inc
Wild-West-show entertainer Annie Oakley died.
Actress Wanda Hendrix (My Outlaw Brother, The Admiral was a Lady, Welcome Stranger) born
Actress Monica (Ceciarelli) Vitti (Immortal Bachelor, Tigers in Lipstick, Am Almost Perfect Affair, Blonde in Black Leather, The Red Desert) born
The production of synthetic rubber was announced.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis born
Actor - dancer Ken Berry (Mayberry R.F.D., F Troop, Mama's Family, The Bob Newhart Show) some sources list 1930. born
Movie soundtrack composer John Barry (Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, The Cotton Club, The Day of the Locust, Eleanor & Franklin, Indecent Proposal, Midnight Cowboy, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shampoo, Somewhere in Time, James Bond movies, The Persuaders theme) some sources list 1934 born
President Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon. (2nd term)
The premiere of Shostakovich's ninth Symphony. Most composers' Ninths are large, sometimes pompous works, as they try to shine in the shadow of Beethoven. Shostakovich's is a brief, mostly lighthearted work.
Actor Steve Landesberg (Barney Miller, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Dean Martin Presents, Sodbusters, Mission of the Shark, Final Notice, Leader of the Band) born
Actor Shadoe Stevens born
Singer (Marie Lawrie) Lulu (To Sir with Love, Boom Bang-A-Bang, Oh Me Oh My [I'm a Fool for You Baby], I Could Never Miss You) born
Television critic Tom Shales born
Heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes born
Comedian - actress -talk show host Roseanne born
Actress Kate Capshaw born
Comedian Dennis Miller born
Actress Kathy Kinney ("The Drew Carey Show") born
Singer (Stuart Goddard) Adam Ant (Goody Two Shoes, Prince Charming, Stand and Deliver, Apollo Nine) born
The Soviet Union launched "Sputnik Two," the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named "Laika" which was sacrificed in the experiment.
Actor Dolph Lundgren born
Actor Lee Montgomery (Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Pete and Tillie, Ben) born
Lyndon Johnson was elected president with a margin larger than in any previous presidential election, defeating Republican Barry Goldwater.
Robert Kennedy elected senator from New York.
Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile.
Five radicals were killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina, after a caravan of Klansmen and Nazis had driven into the area.
Humphrey, a humpback whale that was spotted in the fresh water Sacramento River system more than three weeks earlier, was lured to salt water near California's Golden Gate by rescuers using a device emitting whale sounds.
"Ash-Shiraa," a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of US arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.
On Wall Street, after five consecutive gains, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 50.56 points, ending the day at 1963.53.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, whose Likud bloc won a narrow victory in parliamentary elections, began meeting with representatives of religious and rightist parties, seeking support for a coalition government.
East German leader Egon Krenz delivered a nationally broadcast speech in which he promised sweeping economic and political reforms, and called on East Germans to stay in the country.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III embarked on a fast-paced tour of seven countries to "lay the foundation" for possible military action against Iraq.
Broadway musical actress Mary Martin died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 76.
Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain. In another milestone, Syria opened its first one-on-one meeting with Israel in 43 years.
Bill Clinton was elected to be the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President Bush. Illinois, Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman ever elected to the US Senate.
President Clinton joined his wife, Hillary, in attacking the health insurance industry as the lobby accused by the first lady of lying unveiled a new TV ad repeating there must be a "better way" than the Clinton health care reform plan.
Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.
The space shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit on a mission to survey Earth's ozone layer.
Twelve jurors were seated at the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles.
President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Typhoon Angela ripped through the Philippines, killing more than 880 people.
American entrepreneur Paul Tatum was shot to death on the steps of a Moscow subway station in what his relatives suspect was a contract slaying by the "Russian mafia
The Supreme Court let stand California's groundbreaking Proposition 209, which banned race and gender preference in hiring and school admissions.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin left the United States after an eight-day visit.
Opening statements were presented in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Terry Nichols.
In national elections, Democrats gained five House seats, trimming the Republican majority. Minnesotans elected former pro wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura to be their governor.
The death toll from Hurricane Mitch grew to nine-thousand in Honduras.
Aaron McKinney was convicted of murder in the beating of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. (McKinney and Russell Henderson, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder, are serving life prison sentences.)
Australian House of Representatives grows heated over industrial relations legislation
Multiple bomb threats in Sydney 'nothing more than a hoax'
Israel begins using sonic booms against Palestinians
World Bank warns of high bird flu cost
Libby, former Cheney aide, pleads not guilty
French riots continue into second week
Australian Members of Parliament removed from chamber again in rowdy session of Question Time
EU to investigate secret CIA establishments in Romania, Poland
U.S. military tribunal law faces first court challenge
McGuinty passes on Caledonia dispute to federal government
Abducted Richmond Hill, Ontario man walks into police station
New Zealand journalists fall ill on testing water filter
New Zealand Police car involved in collision
Iran begins 10 days of military exercises
Clint Brown, ex NZ TV presenter, investigation complete
Reactor at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant shuts down
Bob Barker to retire as host of U.S. gameshow The Price Is Right
Interview with John Sanderson, Regional Council candidate for Wards 3 & 4 in Brampton, Canada
Pizza 'lust' campaign attracts numerous complaints
Floods in Tabasco, Mexico impact over a million people
Musharraf declares emergency rule in Pakistan
University of Alabama football team clinches No. 1 spot in AP poll
Several businesses catch fire in Queens, New York
Grandmother of Barack Obama dies at 86
F1: Massa wins Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton wins championship
Scotland suffers severe flooding following downpour
Scientists: Snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro to melt in twenty years
Elderly man in Scotland dies after contracting H1N1 swine flu virus
âTwin Towersâ warship set to enter New York
Wife of English footballer Wayne Rooney gives birth to baby boy
Scientology website hacked
Automobile manufacturer Ford posts unexpected profits
Man killed over Halloween hat in London, England
Beleaguered British Columbia Premier resigns
Final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery delayed until at least Thursday
NuCaptcha introduces a video captcha service, ads included
Policeman from Sussex, UK pleads guilty to fraud over lost and found money
BBC support song making chart impact
Report says UK teachers 'boosted GCSE marks'