Ho and Hsi, Chinese royal astronomers, were beheaded after failing to accurately predict an eclipse of the sun, which caused panic in the streets of China.
Death of Magnus, King of Norway
Death of Stephen, King of England
Election of Celestine IV as Pope
The University of Paris hears the confessions of Jacques de Molay and four Templar knights
Coronation of Frederick III as King of Germany
Author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.
An English army under Henry V defeats the French at Agincourt, France. The French had out numbered Henry's troops 60,000 to 12,000 but British longbows turned the tide of the battle.The battle led to the English domination of most of France throughout most of the 15th century.
Thomas More becomes Lord Chancellor of England
Abdication of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, of the Thrones of the Netherlands and Naples
German composer Hans Leo Hassler born
Britain's King George the Third succeeded his late grandfather, George the Second.
British historian Thomas Babbington Macaulay. born
The U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian during the War of 1812.
Austrian composer Johann Strauss ('The Waltz King' composer: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Emperor Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Wine, Women and Song; operettas: Die Fledermaus, A Night in Venice, The Gypsy Baron). born
The Erie Canal, America's first man-made waterway, was opened, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Georges Bizet (composer Young Girl of Perth) born
The "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War.(670 British cavalrymen fighting in the Crimean War attacked a heavily fortified Russian position and were wiped out.)
Artist Pablo Picasso (artist Ma Jolie) born
Richard E. Byrd, U.S. aviator and explorer who made the first flight over the North Pole born
Actor Leo G. Carroll (The Prize, The Parent Trap, North by Northwest, Father of the Bride, Forever Amber, Bahama Passage, Topper, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Going My Way) born
Henry Steele Commanger, American historian who wrote the fifty-five volume Rise of the American Nation born
Comedian Minnie Pearl (Sarah Ophelia Colley)."Howdee!" born
Jazz musician Chubby Jackson born
King Alexander of Greece dies from blood poisoning shortly after being bitten by a pet monkey.
The Teapot Dome scandal comes to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation. His case will result in the conviction of Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies.
Former baseball player Bobby Thomson born
Actor Billy Barty (Circus Boy, Snow White, Willow, Tough Guys, Rumpelstiltskin, Roustabout, The Amazing Dobermans, Day of the Locust) born
Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown born
Musician Jimmy Heath (Marchin' On, Passin' Thru, Live at the Public Theatre, In Motion, Expressions of Life, Really Big, On the Trail) born
Actress- singer Barbara Cook (The Music Man, Flahooley, Oklahoma, Carousel, Plain and Fancy, Candide, The Gay Life, She Loves Me, Any Wednesday, Funny Girl, The Gershwin Years) born
National Track & Field Hall of Famer Bud (Franklin) Held, (First to throw javelin more than 260 feet) born
Actor Tony Franciosa (Anthony Papaleo) (A Hatful of Rain, Death Wish 2, The Drowning Pool, A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Stagecoach, The Name of the Game, Matt Helm, Wheels, Valentine's Day, Search, Finder of Lost Loves) born
Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted of accepting a $100,000 bribe in connection with the Elk Hills Naval Oil Reserve in California.
Hockey player Earl Ingarfield born
Actress Marion Ross (Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Novak, Life with Father, The Gertrude Berg Show, Forever Female, Grand Theft Auto) . born
Country singer Jeanne Black (He'll Have to Stay) born
Basketball player Zelmo Beaty born
The drama "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.
Basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Bobby Knight. born
Pop singer Helen Reddy (I Don't Know How to Love Him, Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), Peaceful, Keep on Singing, Angie Baby, You & Me Against the World, I Am Woman) . born
Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler (The Accidental Tourist, Searching for Caleb, Morgan's Passing, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant) born
Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) born
Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) born
Olympic Hall of Famer Dan Gable (lightweight wrestling division gold medalist ) born
Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel born
Actor Brian Kerwin (Lobo, The Young and the Restless, The Chisholms, The Blue and the Gray, Switched at Birth, Murphy's Romance, A Real American Hero) born
Peace talks aimed at ending the Korean Conflict resumed in Panmunjom after 63 days.
In a general election, England's Labour Party loses to Conservatives. Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary.
President Eisenhower conducts the first televised Cabinet meeting.
Rock musician Matthias Jabs (The Scorpions) born
Albert Anastasia, gangster, killed (while getting a haircut).
Country singer Mark Miller. (Sawyer Brown) born
Martin Luther King, Jr., is sentenced to four months in prison for a sit-in.
Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers.) born
US ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba to the UN Security Council.
American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
Actress Tracy Nelson (Father Dowling Mysteries, Square Pegs, Glitter, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Yours, Mine & Ours) born
Rock musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) born
Country singer Chely Wright born
Actor Adam Goldberg ("Saving Private Ryan") born
The UN General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.
Actor Lamont Bentley ("Moesha") born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerome Jones (Immature) born
"Newhart" premiered on CBS.
US Marines and Rangers, assisted by soldiers from six Caribbean nations, invaded Grenada at the order of President Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect US citizens there.
The Minnesota Twins won their first World Series championship, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-to-2 in game seven.
First lady Nancy Reagan, addressing a UN committee, said the United States was responsible for its own drug problem, and charged that every American drug user was "an accomplice to every criminal act" committed by drug barons.
Novelist and critic Mary McCarthy died in New York at age 77.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev began a three-day visit to Finland.
Evander Holyfield knocked out Buster Douglas in the third round of their fight in Las Vegas to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said the Pentagon was laying plans to send as many as 100,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.
Israel named a hard-line delegation to the Middle East peace conference.
Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot, explaining why he had abandoned his White House bid in July, publicly accused the Republican Party of plotting to disrupt his business operations and his daughter's wedding. (White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater called the charges "loony" and "crazy.")
Singer and songwriter Roger Miller died in Los Angeles at age 56.
Canadian voters ousted the Progressive Conservative party of Prime Minister Kim Campbell and gave the Liberal Party, led by Jean Chretien of Quebec, a firm majority in Parliament.
Actor Vincent Price died in Los Angeles at age 82.
Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder).
Three defendants were convicted in South Africa of murdering American exchange student Amy Biehl.
President Clinton began a five-day trip to the Mideast.
Susan Smith reported to police in Union, South Carolina, that her two young boys had been taken in a carjacking. Nine days later, she confessed she'd rolled the car into a lake, drowning the children.
John J. Sweeney was elected AFL-CIO president.
A commuter train slammed into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2, taking a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs died in Leucadia, California, at age 77.
Federal judge Richard Matsch granted Oklahoma City bombing defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols separate trials rather than let one man drag the other down in the same trial.
The Cleveland Indians avoided elimination in the World Series by defeating the Florida Marlins, 4-to-1, in game six.
Hundreds of thousands of black women joined the Million Woman March in Philadelphia.
Vice President Al Gore participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial dedicated to victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota.
Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan left the Republican Party to mount a bid for the Reform Party nomination.
South African spies suspended
Anniversary of Tak Bai incident marked with lawsuits
Pentagon announces 2,000th U.S. military death
JosÃ© Azcona, former president of Honduras, dies at 74
Sunni leader claims Iraq vote was a "farce"
Iraqis accept constitution
Unicef: African children orphaned by AIDS could top 18 million
Australian PM says proposed Anti-Terror Laws are Constitutional
U.S. mid-term election to host gay marriage referendum in Virginia
Millions of old New Zealand coins still to be handed in
New Jersey's State Supreme Court says gay couples have same rights as heterosexual couples
Army of East Timor calls UN police action a coup
Victorian Premier unveils plan for world's largest solar plant
Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program
Chinese police seal off monastery in Tibet
Supposed image of the Virgin Mary found on pebble
Aung San Suu Kyi leaves house arrest to meet with government official
Taipei 101 Run Up invites elite runners Run to Top of the World
Bus explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia kills many civilians
UN report: climate change and food shortage major problems for Earth's future
Disney theme parks to rid trans fats internationally
Garuda Indonesia Flight 200's pilot's marital problems may have affected judgement
Macedonian policeman killed in attack near Kosovo
Armando museum goes up in flames
Rumors false about Britney Spears on Sesame Street
2007/08 UEFA Cup: Zenit St. Petersburg vs. AZ Alkmaar
UEFA Cup 2007â€“08: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Toulouse
UEFA Cup 2007â€“08: Brann vs. Hamburg
UEFA Cup 2007â€“08: Red Star Belgrade vs. Bayern Munich
Oral Roberts University reportedly owes over $50 million
Two Spanish train stations bombed
Djibouti says war with Eritrea is inevitable unless UN intervenes
UK mountain run abandoned as participants seek shelter from appalling conditions
Mother, brother of singer Jennifer Hudson found murdered, others reported missing
Judge demands better conditions in Maricopa County Jail, Arizona; both sides claim victory
Russian passenger airliner makes safe landing in Moscow after concerns of gear damage
British pilot dies in plane crash; nine passengers survive
Heavy 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia
Obama declares swine flu emergency in US
At least 25 dead after train crash in Egypt
Car bombings near Iraq government offices kill at least 130
Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle
Nigerâs ruling party wins majority in parliament after elections
Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson dies at age 48
Five police officers injured in Naples protest over new garbage tip
Hurricane Richard makes landfall in Belize
Football: FA charges Chelsea for player misconduct; John Terry investigated over alleged racial abuse
Tunisia casts vote in first free election
Obama, Romney battle over foreign policy in final U.S. presidential debate