4th Ecumenical Council opened (Council of Chalcedon)
Death of Caliph Abd al-Malik, in Damascus
St Mark's Cathedral in Venice was consecrated.
Death of Odo de Saint-Amand, 8th Master of the Templars
Prince John Plantagenet picked to replace Longchamp as head of the English government while King Richard I was in Palestine
Renaissance composer Heinrich Schtz in Kostritz, Saxony. born
John Clarke, the founder of Newport, Rhode Island, and one of the champions of religious liberty in the colonies, was born in Suffolk, England.
J. Frank Duryea, with his brother, invented 1st auto built & operated in the US. born
The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, New Hampshire.
The Great Chicago Fire erupted while another deadly blaze broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Over 4 square miles of Chicago was distroyed. The fire continued to burn for three days. Over 250 people died, 90,000 were left homeless when one-third of the city was destroyed.
World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker born
Sergei Rachmaninoff first publicly performed his piano "Prelude in C-sharp Minor" in Moscow.
Argentinian dictator Juan Perón born
Dow Jones starts reporting an average of industrial stocks.
English film star Elsa Lanchester . Her husband was Charles Laughton. She starred in the 1835 horror classic Bride of Frankenstein, in which in the prologue she also played Mary Shelley. born
Sgt. Alvin York of Tennessee became a World War I hero by single-handedly capturing a hill in the Argonne Forest of France, killing 20 enemy soldiers and capturing 132 others.
Pioneering South African heart-transplant surgeon Dr. Christian Barnard born
Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for murder in the death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
Wedding bells pealed this day for a singer and a bandleader who tied the knot, making radio history together. The bandleader was Ozzie Nelson and the singer was Harriet Hilliard.
Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett born
Australian film star Paul Hogan. born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Fred Cash (The Impressions) born
Reverend Jesse Jackson born
Comedian Chevy Chase born
Author R.L. Stine ("Goosebumps") born
The first broadcast of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet was heard on the CBS Radio Network. The show would continue on radio until 1953 and on ABC-TV from 1952 to 1966. This event coincided with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson's ninth wedding anniversary.
Country singer Susan Raye born
President Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.
TV personality Sarah Purcell born
Actress Sigourney Weaver (Susan) She took her professional name from a name in a list of Gatsby's guests in Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Robert "Kool" Bell (Kool & the Gang) born
Rock singer Johnny Ramone born
Country singer-musician Ricky Lee Phelps born
Actor Michael Dudikoff born
Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game ever in the World Series as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0.
Actress Stephanie Zimbalist born
The Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.
Rock musician Mitch Marine (Tripping Daisy) born
Rock singer Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin' Daddies) born
Rock musician C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) born
Singer-producer Teddy Riley born
Argentinian-born Communist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, an important figure in the
Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon born
Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Byron Reeder (Mista) born
At the White House, President Reagan greeted former presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon, who were preparing to travel to Egypt for the funeral of Anwar Sadat.
All labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.
The Baltimore Orioles won the American League championship, defeating the Chicago White Sox 3-0. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 for the National League title.
In an address to the U.N. General Assembly, the president of El Salvador, Jose Napoleon Duarte, unexpectedly offered to hold peace talks with leftist guerrillas.
Anne Murray won the Country Music Association's Album of the Year Award for "A Little Good News." Murray was the first woman to win this award.
The hijackers of the Italian cruise ship "Achille Lauro" killed American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, dumping his body and wheelchair overboard.
State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb resigned over a reported effort by the Reagan administration to mislead the news media about Libya.
U-S helicopter gunships in the Persian Gulf sank three Iranian patrol boats after an American observation helicopter was fired on. (Two of six Iranian crewmen taken from the water later died.)
Pope John Paul the Second journeyed to eastern France, where he addressed the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Oakland A's won the American League pennant for the second year in a row by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays.
The House approved a revised deficit-reducing budget plan, and both chambers of Congress approved stopgap legislation to end a government shutdown.
American doctors Joseph E. Murray and E. Donnall Thomas were named recipients of the Nobel Prize for medicine.
Israeli police opened fire on rioting Palestinians on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, killing 17.
The U.S. Senate postponed its vote on Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination to investigate allegations that he'd sexually harassed a former aide, Anita Hill.
West Indian poet Derek Walcott was named winner of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt died in Unkel, Germany, at age 78.
The government issued a report absolving the FBI of wrongdoing in its final assault in Texas on the Branch Davidian compound, which went up in flames, killing as many as 85 people.
President Clinton, responding to the massing of Iraqi troops near the Kuwaiti border, warned Saddam Hussein not to misjudge "American will or American power" as he ordered additional U.S. forces to the region.
On the final day of his fourth U.S. pilgrimage, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Oriole Park in Baltimore.
Pope John Paul the Second underwent a successful operation to remove his inflamed appendix.
American economist William Vickrey and British professor James Mirrlees were named co-winners of the Nobel economics prize. (The 82-year-old Vickrey died just three days later.)
Scientists reported the Mars Pathfinder had yielded what could be the strongest evidence yet that Mars might once have been hospitable to life.
The House opened its own set of hearings on campaign fund-raising abuses.
Gueorgui Makharadze, a diplomat from the Republic of Georgia, pleaded guilty in Washington to charges stemming from a car crash that killed Maryland teen-ager Jovianne Waltrick.
Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago won the Nobel Literature Prize.
The House triggered an open-ended impeachment inquiry against President Clinton in a momentous 258-176 vote; 31 Democrats joined the Republican majority in opening the way for nationally televised impeachment hearings.
A damage award to State Farm auto insurance customers swelled to nearly $1.2 billion after a judge in Illinois ruled that the nation's largest auto insurer committed fraud by using generic auto-body repair parts. (The $730 million award of actual and punitive damages came on top of a jury's $456 million verdict in the same class-action lawsuit.)
President Clinton dedicated a new U.S. embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
Laila Ali, the 21-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali, made her professional boxing debut by knocking out opponent April Fowler 31 seconds after the opening bell in Verona, N.Y.
Strong earthquake hits Pakistan, north India, Afghanistan
Five arrested in Italian art smuggling
Iraq on verge of civil war, head of Arab league fears
Nations begin to offer aid to regions afflicted by Indian subcontinent earthquake
GAO ruled parts of Education Department contracts illegal
Robotic cars successfully complete 132-mile DARPA Grand Challenge race
President Bush may veto amendment that bans detainee mistreatment
British police arrest ten due to terrorism suspicions
Google launches online RSS reader
Venezuelan opposition holds large rally
Fernando Alonso wins Japanese Grand Prix
USA qualify for 2007 Rugby World Cup in France
Umbrella unfurling for demanding suffrage in Hong Kong
Alex Necochea and Bryn Bennett: the 'Guitar Heroes' of Bang Camaro
Four killed as helicopter escorting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf crashes
Dida and Milan face UEFA charges over Celtic fan incident
Central banks worldwide cut interest rates
Passenger plane crashes in Nepal killing 18
Dozens injured by sudden change in altitude on Qantas jet
Frog-killing fungus spreads across Panama Canal towards South America
Romanian trade unions threaten more protests
Two people killed after Typhoon Melor hits Japan
UK Royal Mail workers vote in favour of strike action
Guinea to launch investigation into killing of protestors
No-confidence vote initiated against Romanian cabinet
Powerful car bomb blast hits Kabul, Afghanistan
Bomb attack in Londonderry, Northern Ireland injures two police officers
Nineteen killed in Burma ferry disaster