In a battle that marked the beginning of the Christian era in Europe, Constantine's army, wearing the cross, defeated the forces of Maxentius at Mulvian Bridge in Rome. Roman emperor Constantine, 32, after trusting in a vision he had seen of the cross, inscribed with the words, "In this sign conquer," Constantine was converted and became the first Roman emperor to embrace the Christian faith.
After a prolonged siege, the Byzantines end 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.
Henry II "the Black," Holy Roman Emperor born
Henry III of England crowned.
Third Wave of the Black Death hits Europe
Death of Margaret, Queen of Scandanavia
Erasmus, scholar, author of "In Praise of Folly" born
Cornelius Otto Jansen, French Roman Catholic reform leader born
After a fifteen-month siege, the Huguenot town of La Rochelle surrenders to royal forces.
Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts.
John Eliot, apostle to the New England Indians, preached his first sermon, in the Indians' language
Rifle maker Eliphalet Remington. born
Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin (the patent was granted the following March).
Author and composer of the Christmas hymn, "We Three Kings of Orient Are" John H. Hopkins. born
Michael Faraday demonstrated the first electric dynamo in England.
'King of chefs and chefs of Kings' Georges Escoffier born
The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Cleveland.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Howard Hanson born
Race riots sparked by Booker T. Washington's visit to the White House kill 34.
Actress Elsa Lanchester (Come to the Stable, Witness for the Prosecution, The Bride of Frankenstein, Nanny and the Professor, The John Forsythe Show; wife of actor: Charles Laughton). born
English novelist Evelyn Waugh. born
St. Louis Police try a new investigation method - fingerprints.
Edith Head fashion designer, Oscar winner. born
Dr. Jonas Salk, a developer of the polio vaccine. born
Actress Dody Goodman (some sources list 1929.) born
Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Wilson's veto.
Fascism came to Italy as Benito Mussolini took control of the government.
WEAF in New York broadcast the first collegiate football game heard coast to coast. Princeton played the University of Chicago at Stagg Field in the Windy City. The broadcast was carried on phone lines to New York City, where the transmission began.
Fewer than 20 people paid to see an exhibition baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants in Dublin, Ireland. Newspapers reported that attendance was off because church services were going on at the time. The Sox won 8-4.
Former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn born
Pan Am Airways launches the first scheduled international flight.
Actress Dody Goodman (Forever Fernwood, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The Jack Paar Show, Punky Brewster, Diff'rent Strokes) born
Actress Joan Plowright (Avalon, Dennis the Menace, Enchanted April, The Merchant of Venice, Equus, The Entertainer; wife of actor, Lord Lawrence Olivier) born
Emmy Award-winning news correspondent Bruce Morton born
Actress Suzy Parker (The Interns, The Best of Everything, Ten North Frederick, Funny Face) born
National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jim Beatty born
Country music singer/song writer Charlie Daniels (Devil Went Down to Georgia) born
President Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.
Basketball Hall of Famer Len Wilkens born
Actress Jane Alexander (Quigley) (Playing for Time, Kramer vs. Kramer; The Great White Hope, All the President's Men, Eleanor & Franklin) born
Italy invaded Greece during World War Two.
Singer Curtis Lee (Pretty Little Angel Eyes, Under the Moon of Love) born
Actor Dennis Franz (N.Y.P.D. Blue, Nasty Boys, Hill Street Blues, Chicago Story, Beverly Hills Buntz, The Bay City Blues, Die born
Pop singer Wayne Fontana born
The flying cowboy was heard on ABC Radio for the first time. "Sky King", starring Jack Lester, then Earl Nightingale and, finally, Roy Engel as Sky. Beryl Vaughn played Sky's niece, Penny; Jack Bivens was Chipper and Cliff Soubier was the foreman. "Sky King" was sponsored by Mars candy.
Football player Jim Yarbrough born
Actress Telma Hopkins (A New Kind of Family, Getting By, Family Matters, Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break) born
Olympic Gold Medal winner Bruce Jenner. (decathalete 1976) born
Jack Benny took his well-known radio show [on radio for 20 years] to television without missing a beat. The show premiered in black and white and lasted for 27 years into the age of color TV.
Actress Annie Potts (Mary Jo-Designing Women) born
Actress Lauren Tewes (Julie McCoy-Love Boat) born
Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature
Billionaire CEO Microsoft Bill Gates born
Buddy Holly, a local kid from Lubbock, Texas, opened a concert for Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley.
Rock musician Stephen Morris (New Order) born
Rock singer-musician William Reid (The Jesus & Mary Chain) born
The Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected pope, taking the name John the 23rd.
Country singer-musician Ron Hemby (The Buffalo Club) born
Actor Mark Derwin (The Guiding Light, The Young and the Restless) born
Brian Epstein, a record store owner in London, was asked by a customer for a copy of the record, "My Bonnie", by a group known as The Silver Beatles. He didn't have it in stock, so he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group. He signed to manage them in a matter of days and renamed them The Beatles.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Municipal Stadium at the site of the New York World's Fair in Flushing, NY. The name was later changed to Shea Stadium, after New York Commissioner, William A. Shea.
Actress Daphne Zuniga born
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
Actress Lauren Holly born
Olympic silver medal figure skater Paul Wylie born
Actress Jami Gertz (Square Pegs, Sibs, The Lost Boys, Quicksilver, Sixteen Candles, Alphabet City) born
the Gateway Arch (630 feet high) completed in St. Louis, Missouri.
Actress Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Dying Young, Hook, The Pelican Brief, I Love Trouble, Mary Reilly, Blood Red, Flatliners) born
Country singer-musician Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown) born
Actor Jeremy Davies ("Saving Private Ryan") born
Country singer Brad Paisley born
Secretariat raced into history, by winning the Canadian International Stakes in Toronto. It was the last race run by this magnificent thoroughbred.
Rhoda Morgenstern made TV history when she married Joe Girard on "Rhoda." The CBS show was a spin-off from the hugely successful "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Actor Joaquin (Leaf) Phoenix born
Former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman entered a federal prison camp in Safford, Arizona, to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.
During a debate in Houston that included the six Republican presidential contenders, Vice President George Bush argued that as President Reagan's "co-pilot," he knew how to "land the plane in a storm."
A French pharmaceutical company that manufactured the abortion pill RU-486 announced it would resume distribution of the drug after the government of France demanded it do so.
Twenty people were killed in the crash of a commuter plane on the island of Hawaii.
Mitsubishi Estate Company, a major Japanese real estate concern, announced it was buying 51 percent of Rockefeller Group Incorporated of New York.
The Oakland A's won the earthquake-interrupted World Series, completing a four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.
In a surprise move, Iraq said it was halting gasoline rationing imposed earlier in response to global economic sanctions.
Less than a week before Election Day, President Bush continued to emphasize that voters could not trust Bill Clinton in the White House; for his part, Clinton accused Bush of abusing the powers of the presidency.
Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, speaking at the United Nations, called for a blockade of all air and sea trade to Haiti to force out its military leaders.
President Clinton visited Kuwait, where he praised US ground forces sent in response to an Iraqi threat, and all but promised the troops they'd be home by Christmas.
Pope John Paul the Second named 30 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Baltimore and Detroit and the first-ever from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and two former East-bloc states, Albania and Belarus.
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, to win the World Series in Game 6.
The Senate approved a GOP package of spending slashes and tax reductions, 52-47.
Richard Jewell, cleared of committing the Olympic park bombing, held a news conference in Atlanta in which he thanked his mother for standing by him and lashed out at reporters and investigators who had depicted him as the bomber.
Comedian Morey Amsterdam died in Los Angeles at age 81.
A day after plunging 554 points, the stock market roared back, posting a 337-point recovery, with more than one billion shares traded.
In London, the High Court ruled that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was immune from prosecution in British courts (however, the House of Lords later overturned the decision, saying Pinochet's arrest could stand).
Five Republican presidential hopefuls debated such issues as abortion, health care and taxes in their second meeting in less than a week; once again, front-runner George W. Bush was absent from the gathering in New Hampshire.
The House passed, 218-211, the last spending bill of the year, which President Clinton said he would veto.
Japanese riot police deployed around consulates
Lewis "Scooter" Libby indicted on five charges Lewis
Japan-Korea premiers' meeting in doubt over shrine visit
Body of Rosa Parks to lie in honor at U.S. Capitol
Two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu
Reward for Californian arsonist now at $500,000
London Police Commissioner seeks new powers
Physicists test 'forgotten' Brownian motion theory
Bush signs to rewrite insurrection act
Two Pakistani militants arrested in south Indian city of Mysore
UK War Crimes court hears evidence from dead victim
Suspect "Rembrandt" sold for Â£2.2 million in English auction house Suspect
BDSM as business: Interviews with Dominatrixes
Wikimedia Conference Netherlands held on wikis and education
Cristina Kirchner set to win Argentinian presidential elections
Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party chooses new leader
Major League Soccer Playoffs: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution
More teenagers attracted to computer crime, say experts
Arctic ice thickness decreasing, suggests satellite data study
Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas dies at age 75
Homes of six Minnesota politicians vandalized
Tunisian president re-elected for fifth term
Nine killed after bombings in southern Afghanistan
Dozens killed after car bomb explodes in market in Peshawar, Pakistan
Court in France convicts Scientology of organized fraud
Fifteen dead in Mexican car wash shooting
'Explosive' Haitian cholera outbreak kills 292, neighboring countries prepare
Russian cargo ship launches to International Space Station
Swedish journalists hit by hacking scandal