Martyrdom of Sts. Hipparchus and Philotheus
Murder of Mutawakkil, Caliph of Baghdad
Death of Malcolm IV, King of Scotland
Coronation of Frederick II as King of Germany
Death of Sa'di, Persian poet
Death of Sigsimund, King of Hungary, Bohemia, Germany and Lombardy, and Emperor of Rome
Death of Fra Filippo Lippi
Frederick "the Wise," Elector Palantine of the Rhine born
King Henry VII grants patent to Co. of Adventurers to the New World
Sir Edwin Sandys Opponent of King James I of England and a founder of the colony of Virginia born
Augustine Baker English Benedictine monk who was an important writer on ascetic and mystical theology. born
Gustavus II of Sweden born. Sweden had become the strongest power in Europe at the time of his death in 1632.
English poet John Milton in London. One of the greatest poets of the English language, best known for his epic poem "Paradise Lost." Also a noted historian, scholar and civil servant for the Parliamentarians. born
Banishment of Hugh Bewitt from the Massachusetts Colony for declaring himself free of Original Sin
Death of Anthony Van Dyck, painter
Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper.
William Barret Travis, Commander of the Texas troops at the battle of the Alamo born
English comedian and singer George Grossmith (created many of the chief characters in the original productions of Gilbert and Sullivan light operas) born
Journalist Joel Chandler Harris, author of the "Uncle Remus" stories born
Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.
The composer Joaquin Turina born
American businessman and inventor Clarence Birdseye (process for freezing foods) born
Circus clown Emmett Kelly born
Screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo (member of the Hollywood Ten) born
Christmas seals went on sale for the first time Wilmington, Delaware, post office; proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.
Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. born
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Wilson.
Actress Dina Merrill born
American nuclear physicist Henry Way Kendall (Shared the 1990 Nobel Prize for Physics with Jerome Isaac Friedman and Richard E. Taylor for being the first researchers to obtain experimental evidence for the existence of the subatomic particles known as quarks) born
Actor Dick Van Patten born
American film director and actor John Cassavetes born
Actor-writer Buck Henry born
Talk show host Morton Downey Junior born
Actress Dame Judi Dench born
Blues musician Junior Wells. born
British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War Two.
China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus born
The Aram Khachaturian ballet "Gayane," featuring the surging "Saber Dance," was first performed by the Kirov Ballet.
Rock singer-musician Rick Danko (The Band) born
Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (Democrat, South Dakota) born
Harry Gold gets 30 years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II.
Singer Joan Armatrading born
Actor John Malkovich born
Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Carl Olson to regain world middleweight boxing title.
Country singer Sylvia born
Robert H.W. Welch Junior and eleven other men met in Indianapolis to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
Rock musician Nick Seymour (Crowded House) born
Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
Actress Allison Smith born
Rock musician Tre Cool (Green Day) born
White House aide John Ehrlichman testified at the Watergate trial that President Nixon was responsible for the cover-up.
Rock musician Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) born
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster, died in New York City at age 84.
On the second day of their White House summit, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev grappled with differences over Afghanistan and cutbacks in long-range nuclear arms.
In the wake of the Armenian earthquake that claimed tens of thousands of lives, countries around the world began sending emergency supplies and offering pledges of relief funds.
President Bush's national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft, and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger began a surprise visit to Beijing, six months after China's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
Lech Walesa won Poland's first direct presidential vote.
The first American hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving in the United States.
Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final August 28th, 1996.)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin suffered a defeat when the Russian Congress rejected his reform-minded nominee for prime minister.
Former CIA spy chief Clair George was convicted of lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair (however, he was pardoned by President Bush).
Astronauts aboard the space shuttle "Endeavour" completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Air Force destroyed the first of 500 "Minuteman Two" missile silos marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.
Scientists at Princeton University in New Jersey produced a controlled fusion reaction equivalent to 3 million watts.
President Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after learning she'd told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
Representatives of the Irish Republican Army and the British government opened peace talks in Northern Ireland.
Congressman Kweisi Mfume (Democrat, Maryland) was chosen to become the new head of the NAACP.
More than four months after the Olympic bombing, the FBI posted a $500,000 reward.
Archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey died in Kenya at age 83.
The United Nations gave Iraq the go-ahead to resume oil exports for the first time since 1990 to buy food and medicine.
Confronting her critics, Attorney General Janet Reno traded testy remarks with House Republicans on the House committee investigating campaign fund-raising as she defended her decision not to seek an independent counsel for fund-raising calls made by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee drew up four articles of impeachment against President Clinton, all stemming from his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and long campaign to cover it up.
In Worcester, Mass., six firefighters who had died in a warehouse blaze were honored as fallen heroes by thousands of their brethren from around the world.
Iranian president says move Israel to Europe
Virginia dangerous dog law bill ready for Assembly debate
Australian Senate agrees ban on tertiary-sector mandatory student unions
South Carolina says final goodbyes to former Governor Campbell
Six-Party talks to resume on North Korea's nuclear program
Rice offers to talk with Iran and Syria
Egyptian Muslim theologians change course on female circumcision
Taco Bell pulls green onions from all U.S. and Canadian stores
African refugees allege forced labour by Turkish police
Carter: Race relations in Palestine are worse than apartheid
US House of Representatives passes India nuclear bill
Radiation that killed ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko found in Germany
Listeners call for tattooing of Muslims in America, supporting comedy skit
Cuban leader Fidel Castro congratulates Hugo Chavez
Gallup poll: Islamophobia prevalent in United States
Customer says Verizon confuses dollars and cents
Fiji loses rights to host World Netball Championships next year
Sex tape starring former 'American Idol' finalist Jessica Sierra leaked to porn company
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is first sophomore to win Heisman
National Express take over operation of major UK rail route from GNER
Robert Pickton found guilty of 6 counts of second degree murder
2007/08 FA Premier League: Middlesbrough vs. Arsenal
Four people shot outside New Life Church in Colorado Springs, USA
Leaders declare new era of EU-African relations
CIA chief to testify before Congress on interrogations
British Prime Minister calls for the immediate release of 5 Britons kidnapped in Iraq
Space Shuttle Atlantis launch delayed until 2008
India vs Pakistan 3rd Test: Ganguly smashes first Test double ton
US Supreme Court dismisses appeal on Obama's citizenship
IWF reverses censorship of Wikipedia
Governor of Illinois arrested on suspicion of corruption
Quebec's Liberal premier Jean Charest wins third term
Two-plane crash in Florida kills four
Alleged 9-11 conspirators will confess and plead guilty
Brown, Coakley win Massachusetts Senate seat primaries amid low voter turnout
Jakarta court jails six for Java bombings
Four dead as Mexico gunmen attack ambulance
Three dead after setting themselves on fire in Tibet