Dante Alighieri sentenced to death by Florence, in absentia
Death of Pope Innocent VII
Coronation of Henry VI as King of England
Death of Sir John Falstaff
Joaana "the Mad," Queen of Castile born
Magellan's fleet reaches the Moluccas
Thomas Kyd, playwright ("The Spanish Tragedy"). born
King Gustavus Aldophus of Sweden, dies in battle
Death of William II of Orange, from smallpox
Aloys Senefelder, inventor of lithography. born
The election of the Rt. Rev. John Carroll by Pope Pius VI to be the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States (the diocese of Baltimore), was confirmed.
Catherine the Great died.
Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. born
James Garfield, 20th president of the United States. born
Charles Henry Dow, co-founder of Dow Jones and Co. and first editor of The Wall Street Journal. born
The first Chinese Presbyterian Church in the U.S. was organized in San Francisco, California.
"March King" John Philip Sousa(Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, El Capitan, King Cotton, The Thunderer, Washington Post March). born
Polish patriot and piano great Ignace Jan Paderewski (brought white Zinfandel wine grapes to U.S. for the first time) . born
Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.
James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball. born
Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
In the first formal intercollegiate football game, Rutgers beat Princeton, 6-4.
Robert Musil, novelist ("The Man Without Qualities"). born
Benjamin Harrison of Indiana won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland by gaining the required number of electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote..
Vaudevillian Ole (John Sigvard) Olsen (team Johnson) born
Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg Russia, at age 53.
President McKinley was re-elected Jennings Bryan.
Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested as he led a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
Band leader, Ray Conniff (Theme from Dr. Zhivago, Somewhere My Love) . born
The Bolshevik revolution began in Russia. Because it took place under the old czarist calendar, it is known as the October Revolution.
After three months of horrific fighting, the Third Battle of Ypres finally ends when Canadian forces take the village of Passchendaele in Belgium.
Novelist, James Jones (From Here to Eternity). born
In a first over Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric sign outside the New York Times building.
Actor and director Mike (Michael Igor Peschkowsky) Nichols (The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood, Postcards from the Edge, The Day of the Dolphin). born
Country singer Stonewall Jackson (Waterloo, Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, B.J. the D.J., Why I'm Walkin') born
Three months after the Nazi Party gained a majority in German parliamentary elections, the Nazis lose thirty seats in a second election but remain the largest party in the Reichstag.
Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) born
Singer-musician Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes) born
Country singer Guy Clark born
Singer Mike Clifford (Close to Cathy) born
Actress Sally Field (Norma Rae, Places in the Heart ; Gidget series, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Smokey and the Bandit series, Hooper, Forrest Gump, Absence of Malice, Sybil, The Flying Nun, Gidget, The Girl with Something Extra, Alias Smith and Jones) born
Meet the Press debuted on American TVnd it is still running.
Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) born
Copland's Clarinet Concerto was premiered with Benny Goodman playing the solo part under Fritz Reiner and the NBC Symphony. The piece has a soft, even pastoral sound at first, then transforms into something jazzier.
The United States exploded the world's first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific.
The French artist Henri Matisse, one of the fauves at the turn of the century, died.
NBC TV newscaster Maria Shriver born
President Eisenhower won re-election Adlai E. Stevenson.
Actor Lance Kerwin (James at 15, The Family Holvak, The Loneliest Runner, The Mysterious Stranger, Salem's Lot, The Snow Queen) born
Actress Lori Singer (Footloose, Short Cuts, Sunset Grill, Summer Heat, Equinox, Fame; musician: cellist) born
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopts a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies, and calls on all member states to terminate economic and military relations with South Africa.
Rock singer Corey Glover (Living Colour) born
Actor Peter DeLuise (seaQuest DSV, 21 Jump Street, Children of the Night, Rescue Me, The Midnight Hour) born
Actress Kelly Rutherford born
Model Rebecca Romijn (hostess, "MTV's House of Style") born
King Hassan II of Morocco launches the Green March, a mass migration in which over 300,000 unarmed Moroccans march into the newly sovereign nation of Western Sahara, waving Moroccan flags and brandishing copies of the Koran.
Benjamin L. Hooks was chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: succeeding Roy Wilkins.
In Toccoa Falls, Georgia, the Barnes Lake Dam burst, following heavy rains, and the resulting flood destroyed the (Christian and Missionary Alliance) campus of Toccoa Falls Bible Institute. Thirty-eight students and instructors were also killed in the tragedy
Actress Nicole Dubuc (Our House, Major Dad) born
U.S. Army choppers dropped hundreds of leaflets over northern and central Grenada, urging residents to cooperate in locating any Grenadian army or Cuban resisters to the U.S-led invasion.
President Ronald Reagan overwhelmed challenger Walter F. Mondale, winning re-election by a landslide.
For the first time in 193 years, the New York Stock Exchange remained open during a presidential election day. Traders shouted "Boo! Boo! Boo!", in disgust, but the Dow average jumped almost 15 points.
Leftist guerrillas belonging to Columbia's April 19 Movement seized control of the Palace of Justice in Bogota.
Iran arms-for-hostages deal revealed.
Former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., the admitted head of a family spy ring, was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment.
Education Secretary William Bennett, acting with President Reagan's approval, asked Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg to withdraw from consideration because of revelations that Ginsburg had used marijuana.
Andrei D. Sakharov, the father of the Soviet dissident movement, arrived in the United States for a two-week trip, less than two years after he was freed from internal exile in the Soviet Union.
Kitty Dukakis, wife of Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, was hospitalized after ingesting rubbing alcohol.
About one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.
Democrats increased their congressional voting strength in midterm elections.
Kuwait celebrated the dousing of the last of the oil fires ignited by Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.
President-elect Bill Clinton asked Vernon Jordan and Warren Christopher to lead the White House transition team as Clinton accelerated his efforts to select a Cabinet, build a staff and fill thousands of positions.
Heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield defeated Riddick Bowe in a 12-round fight in Las Vegas; the match was interrupted in the seventh round when an intruder, using a paraglider, tried to fly into the ring.
About 300 people crowded a small church in Union, South Carolina, for the funeral of three-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex Smith, who'd been drowned by their mother, Susan Smith.
Funeral services were held in Jerusalem for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. President Clinton led the U.S. delegation; Arab dignitaries also attended, including Jordan's King Hussein.
Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move his team to Baltimore.
A day after being re-elected, President Clinton threw a party on the White House lawn; that same day, Clinton also received resignations from his secretaries of state, defense, energy and commerce.
A cyclone struck southeastern India, claiming an estimated one-thousand lives
Former President George Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University; among the guests of honor was President Clinton, the man who'd sent him into retirement.
The Clinton administration warned Iraq it could face military action or economic sanctions if it continued to bar UN weapons inspections.
Newt Gingrich told fellow lawmakers he intended to give up his bid for a third term as House Speaker, following unforeseen Republican losses in mid-term elections.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Democrat, New York) announced he would not run for re-election in 2000.
Two suicide bombers were killed when they set off blasts in a crowded open-air market in Jerusalem, injuring a couple of dozen bystanders.
During his visit to India, Pope John Paul II praised Christian missionaries and exhorted his bishops to spread the Christian message across Asia.
Australians rejected a referendum to drop Britain's queen as their head of state.
Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg won New York City's mayoral race, defeating Democrat Mark Green.
The Federal Reserve slashed its federal funds rate, the key benchmark for overnight loans, by a half-point to 2 percent, its lowest level in 40 years.
Baseball owners voted 28-2 to eliminate two major league teams by the 2002 season.
Farmers hunt for missing bull semen
Man charged in Â£26.5m robbery
First television channel in Esperanto launches online
Thunderbird wins MBA rugby tournament
Ipsos Reid: Poll shows more Canadians oppose Afghan mission
Record amount of fires during New Zealand Guy Fawkes
Liberal Leadership Candidate Bob Rae warns about reopening Constitution
First female governor in Nigeria sworn in amid misconduct controversy
Supreme Court orders resumption of sealing drive in New Delhi
Palestinian teenager killed in Israeli airstrike
Taiwan president speaks to defend himself from corruption charges
Canadian PM and Quebec premier announce plans for highway development in Montreal
Historic Florida attraction, Gatorland, partly destroyed by fire
Pranab and Oli discuss Nepal peace talks
Prachanda and Koirala resume Nepal peace talks
Hackers try to use German Wikipedia to spread links to malicious code
Air America radio files for bankruptcy, allegedly due to advertiser blackout
U.S. mid-term race tightens on the eve of election
Caribou plays the Bowery Ballroom
Belgium still without government, new record set
ING Taipei Marathon: Charity & Kids Running comes back to Taipei
Australian soldier dies in East Timor barracks
Founder of Alibaba Group Jack Ma talks about e-commerce in Taiwan
Iraqi troops uncover mass grave
Colbert officially withdraws Presidential bid; Obama supporters pressured South Carolina
Efficient wins Melbourne Cup
Mukasey nomination as attorney general moves to US Senate
Ron Paul receives US$4 million in donations in 24 hours
US Air Force suspends most F-15 operations following crash
Senate committee investigating six televangelists
Bush pledges support for Turkey after meeting with PM
Indian filmmaker Baldev Raj Chopra dies at age 94
Two NATO soldiers reported missing in Afghanistan, search underway
Saudi Arabia resumes livestock trade with Somalia
Hurricane Ida comes ashore in Nicaragua
22 killed after bus falls into gorge in northern India
Local community on Australian Sunshine Coast compromises with McDonald's
Stolen minibus recovered 35 years after theft
Shooting rampage in Orlando, Florida leaves one dead, seven injured
WHO states H1N1 swine flu world's most dominant virus
Ousted Honduran president says crisis deal has failed
UN endorses Israel-Palestinian war crimes report
Zimbabwe prime minister Tsvangirai ends cabinet boycott
US unemployment rate surpasses 10%
Olympic condoms auctioned: "faster, higher, stronger"
Four people die after contracting H1N1 swine flu virus in West Midlands, England
UK judge reveals gang warfare crimes of policeman
Officer dies in Glasgow police station shooting incident