Death of Baldwin II, King of Jerusalem
Peter Lombard, theologian, writer, dies
Philip Augustus, 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223) born
Minamoto Yoritomo named Shogun
Richard Layton, agent of Henry VIII of England, arrives at Glastonbury Abbey to inquire of conditions
St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers born
French Huguenot leader Henri II, Duke de Rohan-Gi born
Francisco Chamuscado claims Arizona/New Mexico for Spain
Death of Countess Elizabeth Bathory
One widow and eleven maidens consigned to the Virginia colony were ordered to be sold at the rate of 120 pounds of tobacco for each
Composer Johann Friedrich Treiber born
Afonso VI, king of Portugal (1656-67) (mentally ill) born
The bones of Picart, and the living body of Thomas Boulle, are burned
Hubert Gautier, engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building. born
Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa Fe, New Mexico, after driving out the Spanish.
Composer Jose Pradas Gallen born
Dutch poet Lucretia W van Winter-van Merken born
France surrenders the island of Corsica to the British.
Jules Michelet, French historian who wrote the 24-volume Historie de France born
Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, and his British troops defeated the French at the Battle of Vimiero in the Iberian Peninsular War.
One of Napoleon's generals, Marshal Bernadotte, was elected Crown Prince of Sweden using the name Charles John.
Former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in Virginia that kills 57 whites. (He was later executed.)
John Hampton of New Orleans, LA, received a patent for venetian blinds this day.
The famous debates between Senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas began.
Artist Aubrey Beardsley (Salome) born
The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, New York.
William Burroughs of St. Louis, MO, patented his adding machine on this day. It was an invention that bore the name of Burrough's office machine company for many years.
William "Count" Basie, American band leader and composer born
Friz Freleng animator (Bugs Bunny-Emmy 1982) born
Italy declares war on Turkey.
Sportscaster Chris Shenkel (Monday Night Fights) some sources say 1933 born
Jazz musician Art Farmer born
Britain's Princess Margaret born
Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles born
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain born
The classic recording, Ain't Misbehavin was made this day by Fats Waller.
Actor Clarence Williams the Third born
Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) born
Exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin.
U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru. The Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal spelled the difference between victory and defeat for the United States in the Pacific war.
Singer Jackie DeShannon born
Actress Patty McCormack ("The Bad Seed") born
President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War Two.
The United Nations moved into its new permanent facilities in York City on land donated by the Rockefeller family.
T-V host Harry Smith born
Rock musician Joe Strummer (The Clash) born
Country musician Nick Kane (The Mavericks) born
Actress Kim Cattrall born
Football quarterback Jim McMahon born
President Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
The South Vietnamese Army arrests over 100 Buddhist monks in Saigon. U.S. complicity in the overthrow of South Vietnam's president made it impossible to stay uninvolved in the war.
Soviet forces invade Czechoslovakia because of the country's experiments with a more liberal government.
Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) born
Actress Alicia Witt ("Cybill") born
A group of Palestinian guerrillas left Lebanon by ship under an evacuation plan mediated by the United States.
Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Junior, ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro appeared before reporters in Queens, N.Y., for nearly two hours to field questions about her family's finances, conceding errors, but denying any wrongdoing.
Victoria Roche of Belgium became the first girl to compete in a Little League World Series game. The reserve outfielder played in the annual event held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania - with her brother, starting outfielder Jeremy Roche.
Clint Eastwood was honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater.
The United States accused the Soviet Union of using "spy dust" to track the movements of U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow, a charge rejected by the Kremlin as "absurd."
The Boston Red Sox made history against the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox defeated the Indians 24-5 - the worst loss in the "Tribe's" 85-year history. Greg Swindell made his major-league pitching debut for the Indians.
More than 1,700 died when toxic gas erupted from a volcanic lake in the West African nation of Cameroon.
Sergeant Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Virginia, of passing secrets to the KGB after becoming romantically involved with a Soviet woman while serving as a US Embassy guard in Moscow. (Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military prison, and was released in February 1996.)
More than 1,000 people were killed in an earthquake on the Nepal-India border.
Actress Hayden Panettiere born
The U.S. space probe Voyager 2 fired its thrusters to bring it closer to Neptune's mysterious moon Triton.
Columbian soldiers and police raided the estates of drug lords as part of a crackdown that followed the shooting death of a presidential candidate.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein delivered a speech in which he defended the detaining of foreigners in his country, and promised "a major catastrophe" should fighting break out in the Persian Gulf.
The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.
The day after the close of the Republican national convention in Houston, the two major party candidates traded hard blows, with President Bush deriding Bill Clinton as a "wishy-washy" leader, and Clinton lashing back at Bush as a "great fearmonger."
NBC News fired correspondent and Gulf War "scud stud" Arthur Kent following two weeks of wrangling over his turning down an assignment to war-torn Croatia.
Fugitive neo-Nazi leader Randall Weaver opened fire on U.S. marshals from inside his Idaho mountaintop home. When the standoff ended 11 days later with his surrender, three people - a deputy marshall, Weaver's wife and teenage son - were dead.
In a serious setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft as it was about to reach the Red Planet on a $980 million mission -- its fate remains unknown.
The House, by a vote of 235 to 195, passed a $30 billion crime bill that banned certain assault-style firearms.
Mexico held its presidential election, which was won by Ernesto Zedillo.
A suicide bomber set off an explosion that tore through two crowded Israeli commuter buses, killing five others. A commuter plane crashed near Carrollton, Ga., killing nine people.
A commuter plane crashed near Carrollton, Georgia, killing nine people.
ABC News settled a $10 billion libel suit by apologizing to Philip Morris for reporting the tobacco giant had manipulated the amount of nicotine in its cigarettes.
President Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, aimed at making health insurance easier to obtain and keep.
Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
Netscape Browser 3.0 is released
Hudson Foods Company's plant in Nebraska closed, agreeing to destroy some 25 million pounds of hamburger after the largest meat recall in US history.
Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China
Samuel Bowers, a 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, of ordering a 1966 firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer.
President Clinton urged Americans to contribute to the relief effort for Turkey, where the death toll from an earthquake four days earlier topped 12,000; it eventually reached 17,000.
Australian parliamentary security officers allowed to address members as 'mates' again
One million pilgrims attend open-air mass with Pope
Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control
Inter Milan victorious in Italian Super Cup
Space shuttle Discovery back in Florida
Australia to detain Burmese boatpeople on Nauru
NASA chooses Woomera, South Australia for rocket launch site
Indian shehnai Maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan Passes Away
New Zealand riot police use batons to disperse unruly pub-crawl
Channel Tunnel closed after smoke seen coming from train
JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect back in America
Google re-opens online word processor service
Demand for biofuel irrigation worsens global water crisis
UK soldier killed in Afghanistan named by Ministry of Defence
NASA discovers new evidence of dark matter
Manhunt underway after woman and her three children found dead
11 suspects in UK air bomb plot charged
Hungary's St Stephen's Day hit by storm: 3 left dead
Manhunt underway for 2 murders in Virginia; Virginia Tech closed
Buffalo, N.Y. restaurant to end nearly 30-year tradition
Tarantino wades through Manila floods
John Key admits to visiting strip clubs
Last missing body from Minnesota bridge collapse found
HiNet, WCG, and WGT 3-in-1 Taiwan Gaming Athletes Qualification: A brand new lineup
Space Shuttle Endeavour to return to Earth on Tuesday
Team formed to investigate suspicious Pakistan PNSC office fire
West Virginia University regains title as number 1 party school
Weakening Dean makes landfall on Mexican coast
MAKS Airshow opens up in Russia
25 killed as bus crashes into river gorge in Kashmir, Pakistan
Floods in midwest and plains kill over 20
Finnish unemployment rate hits 16-year low at 5.9% for July
England beat India in one-day cricket series opener
Helicopter accident in Afghanistan wounds three Italian soldiers
NFL star, Michael Vick, pleads guilty to dog fighting charges
Olympic highlights: August 21, 2008
Garlic bread that turns blue is recalled in Australia
Former Georgian Minister accuses Saakashvili of war mongering
Eldest son of Khadr family denied bail; purchased weapons for Afghan militants
Campaign offices for John McCain evacuated in Centennial, Colorado and Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Iran tries to launch satellite with Safir carrier rocket
US Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones dies at age 58
Shooting at school leaves one dead in Tennessee, United States
Michael Jackson's burial postponed
Convicted murderer Leonard Peltier again denied parole
Stock markets worldwide rise on hopes of US economic recovery
Police charge two people for leaking database of BNP members
Formula 1: Barrichello and Alonso top timesheets at European GP Friday Practice
Presidential election held in Afghanistan
Australian judge delivers verdict on burqas in court
Gas leak causes panic in Santa Cruz, Chile
Australian remake of Iron Chef launched
Stockholm chief prosecutor quashes arrest warrant for Wikileaks editor-in-chief
Egypt recalls envoy in Israel
Guyana president's libel case heard in court
Officer held after phone-hacking investigation 'leak'
La Liga fixtures face delay due to players' strike
Pressure mounts on US Senate candidate Todd Akin to withdraw after controversial rape comments
Greg Smith named as Australia's Paralympic Games flag-bearer
Next total solar eclipse visible from North America.