Marriage of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, to Yolande, Princess of Jerusalem
Coronation of Pope Boniface IX
Overthrow of the Medici in Florence
Henry VIII imprisons Queen Katherine Howard on suspicion of immorality
"Mayflower" sights land, at Cape Cod, Mass.
The first ferry route in the colonies opens, from Boston to Charlestown on the Charles River
Haydn became engaged to Maria Anna Keller. Haydn was then 28. He really wanted to marry the woman's sister Therese, but Therese entered a nunnery.
Napoleon Bonaparte participates in a coup and declares himself dictator of France.
Asa Mahan, American educator and Congregational clergyman. President of Oberlin College in Ohio from 1835-1850, Mahan was instrumental in establishing interracial college enrollment and in the granting of college degrees to women. born
Inventor, Archaeologist, evaporated milk inventor Gail Borden born
Newspaper publisher and abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy born
Russian prose writer Ivan Turgenev born
Birth of Christian business traveler Samuel Hill. In 1899 Hill, John Nicholson and W.J. Knights co-founded the Gideons born
British philanthropist Moses Montefiore, 52, became the first Jew to be knighted in England. Montefiore was a banking executive who devoted his life to the political and civil emancipation of English Jews.
Edward VII, King of England. born
American architect Stanford White designer of the Washington Monument born
The "Atlantic Monthly" appeared on the newstands for the first time. This premier issue featured the first installment of Oliver Wendell Holmes' "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table."
Flogging was abolished in the British army
Actress (Leila Koerber) Marie Dressler (Min and Bill, Anna Christie, Dinner at Eight) born
Fire destroyed nearly a thousand buildings in Boston.
Brahms' own Second Piano Concerto was premiered with the composer as soloist.
Comedian Ed Wynn (Ed Wynn Show, Mary Poppins, Ziegfeld Follies, Marjorie Morningstar, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cinderfella, Babes in Toyland, The Absent-Minded Professor) born
Jack the Ripper's fifth and last known victim, Mary Jane Kelly, was found in her room in London's Whitechapel.
Actor Claude Rains (Casablanca, The Invisible Man, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia) born
Actor (Webb Hollenbeck) Clifton Webb (Laura, Razor's Edge, Satan Never Sleeps, Titanic, Three Coins in the Fountain, Sitting Pretty, Mr Belvedere Goes to College) born
Gregory Pincus inventor (birth control pill) born
President Theodore Roosevelt leaves Washington D.C. for a 17 day trip to Panama and Puerto Rico, becoming the first president to make an official visit outside of the U.S.
The patent for the electric neon sign was applied for by George Claude.
Austrian-born actress (Hedwig Kiessler) Hedy Lamarr (Algiers, White Cargo, Samson and Delilah, Ziegfeld Girl) born
Sergeant Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps born
Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm the Second announced he would abdicate. He then fled to the Netherlands.
Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon's vice president. born
Actress Dorothy Dandridge (Island in the Sun, Carmen Jones) born
American poet Anne Sexton born
Sportscaster Charlie Jones born
Baseball executive Whitey Herzog born
President Roosevelt set up the Civil Works Administration as an emergency depression agency to provide jobs for the unemployed.
Astronomer and author Carl Sagan (Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Cosmos, Contact; astronomer: "Billions and billions of stars...") born
Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson born
United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization.
Japanese troops invade Shanghai, China. After WWII, Japanese military leaders faced trial for war crimes.
Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in what became known as "Kristallnacht."
The kids' magazine, "Jack and Jill" was published for the first time. 40,000 of the first edition were printed. By the late 1950s, the popular magazine reached a circulation of 702,000.
Copland's "Billy the Kid" premiered as a concert suite.
Musician songwriter, singer Tom Fogerty born
Tom Weiskopf PGA golfer (British Open 1973) born
Movie director Bille August born
"This is Your Life" debuted on NBC Radio. Ralph Edwards hosted the radio show for two years and for nine more (1952 - 1961) on television.
Actor Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) some sources list 1951. born
The Supreme Court upheld a 1922 ruling that major league baseball did not come within the scope of federal antitrust laws.
Author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39.
Maurice Richard set a National Hockey League record by scoring his 325th career goal. Most guys would have kept the record-breaking puck. Richard sent this one to Queen Elizabeth of England.
Harry Belafonte recorded "Jamaica Farewell" and "Come Back Liza" for RCA Victor. The two tunes completed the "Calypso" album which led to Belafonte's nickname, 'The Calypso King.'s
Rock musician Dee Plakas (L7) born
The Metropolitan Museum in New York obtained Rembrandt's Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer for $2.3 million.
Twin disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion, and 160 people died in a train crash.
"Wizard Of Id", Comic Strip debut.
The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 and a-half hours.
A "Saturn Five" rocket carrying an unmanned "Apollo" spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.
The first issue of "Rolling Stone" was published. The magazine said it was not simply a music magazine but was also about "...the things and attitudes that music embraces." John Lennon was on the cover of this first issue.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ike Owensby (Twice) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Mike Owensby (Twice) born
Rapper Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) born
Rapper Scarface (Geto Boys) born
Former French president Charles De Gaulle died at age 79.
Bones discovered by the Leakeys, push human origins back a million years.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) born
The U.N. General Assembly approved ten resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as "illegitimate."
Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) born
Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing this day, five months after having retinal surgery on his left eye. (In 1984, Leonard came out of retirement to fight one more time before becoming a fight commentator for NBC.)
President Reagan arrived in Tokyo with his wife, Nancy, to begin a week-long visit to Japan and South Korea for talks on economic and security issues.
Alfred Heineken, beer brewer from Amsterdam, is kidnapped and held for a ransom of more than $10 million.
"Three Servicemen", a sculpture by Frederick Hart, was unveiled on this day in Washington, DC. It was the final addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The statue faces the wall of names of more than 58,000 Americans who were either killed or reported missing in action during the Vietnam War.
MIAMI VICE THEME by Jan Hammer peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.
Gary Kasparov, 22, became the youngest world chess champion, ending the 10-year reign of Anatoly Karpov in Moscow.
Israel revealed it was holding Mordechai Vanunu, a former nuclear technician who had vanished weeks earlier after providing information to a British newspaper about Israel's nuclear weapons program.
Bobby Rahal won his first national driving title in auto racing. He had earned $300,000 for six victories, including an Indy 500 win.
Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, a major figure in the Watergate scandal, died in Washington at age 75.
East Germans on foot and in cars began arriving in West Germany and West Berlin only hours after the East German government threw open its border to the West.
King Birendra of Nepal proclaimed a new constitution that restored multi-party democracy to the Himalayan kingdom and stripped him of his absolute power.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a historic non-aggression treaty with Germany, winning praise from German leaders for his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.
police in Hong Kong forcibly repatriated 59 Vietnamese boat people, carrying them onto a transport plane.
President Bush returned from a four-day European trip that included a NATO summit.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin, visiting London, appealed for help in rescheduling his country's debt, and urged British businesses to invest.
Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot debated the North American Free Trade Agreement on CNN's "Larry King Live."
Edward J. Rollins, who had managed New Jersey Governor-elect Christine Todd Whitman's campaign, set off a furor by asserting New Jersey Republicans had paid money to curb black voter turnout, a claim denied by Whitman and later retracted by Rollins.
One day after Republicans won majorities in both the House and Senate, President Clinton and the GOP pledged cooperation, even as they started forming battle lines over their irreconcilable differences.
In a pair of telephone interviews, O. J. Simpson told Associated Press reporter Linda Deutsch that people have supported rather than shunned him since his acquittal, and that he has learned that fame and wealth are illusions: "The only thing that endures is character."
President Clinton used his weekly radio address to condemn the decision of the nation's distillers to end their longstanding voluntary ban on airing hard-liquor ads, calling it "simply irresponsible." Evander Holyfield upset Mike Tyson to win the WBA heavyweight title in an eleven-round fight in Las Vegas.
A Boeing 707 jetliner carrying First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was forced to return to Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington after a sensor indicated an engine fire, which turned out to be a false alarm. (Mrs. Clinton left the following day for a tour of Central Asia.)
The age of digital and interactive TV opened with the airing of a PBS documentary special, "Chihuly Over Venice."
A federal judge in New York approved the richest antitrust settlement in US history, a promise by leading brokerage firms to pay $1.3 billion to investors who had sued over a price-rigging scheme for stocks listed on the Nasdaq market.
One year ago the landmark Brandenburg Gate, Germany celebrated the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990 was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean and shipped to a National Transportation Safety Board laboratory in Washington.
Flooding in South Australia
European Venus probe launched successfully
Vatican issues defence of evolution, rejects fundamentalist creationism
Police call off search for missing woman in Georgia, USA
Teaching Intelligent Design: Incumbent Dover PA school board fails reelection
Series of explosions hit hotels in Amman
France invokes emergency law in response to riots
British Prime Minister Tony Blair suffers defeat in vote on terror laws
Angry Azeris protest allegedly faked results of parliamentary elections
New Zealand students able to use txt language in exams
Indian Railways tie up with Bombardier Transportation
Retired pastor burns himself alive to protest spread of Islam
Microsoft announces that new Vista OS on schedule
Chicago activist publicly burns himself alive in protest of Iraq War
Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes dies at 65
New Zealand's alcohol purchasing age not to be raised
Royal Canadian Legion upset over white poppies
Inventor prize goes to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales
Allen Concedes in Virginia, giving Democrats control of Senate
Master Forum on Walking in Taiwan warms up for the Taiwan Walking Day
Meat Loaf calls off European tour
Man kills five relatives in family massacre in Croatia
Candidates make campaign stop at trade fairs ahead of 2008 Taiwan Presidential Election
Baseball teams from Taiwan and Japan battled same day in different places
Dollar General chain in US recalls sunglasses, toy cars
Major protests in Venezuela over proposed constitutional changes
Australia completes inquest for victims of Garuda Indonesia Flight 200
Former Oral Roberts University Regent member speaks out
Finland considers tougher gun laws
Muslim hair stylist sues hairdresser over alleged discrimination
Pakistan lifts house arrest of former PM Benazir Bhutto
Delaware scientists create shortest ever metal to metal bond
Three Indonesian terrorists executed by firing squad for 2002 Bali bombing
Luis FortuÃ±o is elected new governor of Puerto Rico
Hurricane Paloma hits Cuba
Bomb ruled out in Mexico plane crash that killed twelve
Gay marriage banned in three states; other ballot measures decided
Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 enters moon orbit
Events take place across UK to mark Remembrance Sunday
Somali pirates launch attack on oil tanker
Disney has high hopes for new 'Ferb' Christmas special
Former Formula 1 designer unveils new electric car
US Army chief of staff: more troops needed in Afghanistan
China executes nine for ethnic riots
Thousands to celebrate twenty years since fall of Berlin Wall
Two US pilots killed in Iraq after helicopter crash
Nokia recalls 14 million phone chargers
Seven armed robbers in South Africa shot dead by police
Cigarette butts kill fish, scientists complain
Suicide bomber kills three in northwestern Pakistan
US TV: Jay Leno bested by Conan O'Brien in late night ratings
Josef Fritzl's former house to be demolished
At least eight dead after bus crash in Albania
Argentine admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera dies at age 85
Two killed in new CopiapÃ³, Chile mining accident
Former chief of Czechoslovak constitutional court murdered
Vettel wins Brazilian Grand Prix, securing Constructors' Championship for Red Bull
Indian court hands out 31 life sentences for race riot murders