Death of Hadrian, Roman emperor who sponsored the building of a wall across northern Britain to keep the Scots out of England. He provided a little relief in the persecution of Christians. He ordered cases against Christians tried, but he decreed that the defendants had to be proven guilty before they could be condemned. Slanderous attacks on them were forbidden. At the same time he was bitterly opposed to Judaism. For example, he had pagan altars erected on the site of the temple in Jerusalem leading to other Jewish uprisings.
Death of Pope Benedict VII
Death of Pope Benedict VIII
Lady Godiva rides through Coventry.
Death of St. Anthony of the Caves
Death of Canute IV, King of Denmark
Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, El Cid, died in Valencia, after the defeat of his forces against the Moors.
Murder of Ladislaus IV, King of Hungary
John Baliol surrenders to Edward I, King of England
The "Good Parliament" closes
James III, King of Scotland born
Heroines of Beauvais force Charles the Bold to raise seige of Beauvais
Death of Rene I, King of Naples, Sicily and Jerusalem
Protestant theologian John Calvin born
Cortes retreats from Tenochtitlan
A duel was fought at Saint Germain-en-Laye, between Francois de Vivonne, and the Lord of Jarnac, Guy de Chabot. From this duel comes the fencing term of the "coup de Jarnac" or leg cut
Henry II, King of France, dies of injuries sustained in a joust
Assassination of William of Orange
Assassination of Fyodor II, Czar of Russia
Handel's oratorio "Athalia" was premiered in Oxford. The premiere had been delayed one night because commencement ceremonies the previous afternoon had last far later than anyone had intended.
Camille Pissarro, French painter of the Impressionist group. born
President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
Nikola Tesla whose patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current power (AC) systems, including the polyphase power distribution systems and the AC motor, born in Smiljan, Austrian Empire
Finley Peter Dunne, journalist/humorist who created Mr. Dooley. born
Marcel Proust French novelist whose masterpiece is the seven-volume Rememberance of Things Past born
Edmund Clerihew - inventor of the humorous verse named for him. born
Verdi wrote that he, quote, "won't think of obstacles, of age, of illness," and set to work composing an opera on the story of "Falstaff." Verdi was then 75 and "Falstaff" would be his last opera.
Wyoming was admitted to the Union as the 44th state.
Carl Orff was born into a military family in Munich. He composed songs and wrote short stories while still a child. Orff finished a large choral work based on "Also Sprach Zarathustra" when he was 17 and composed an opera the following year. born
One of the most famous trademarks in the world, "His Master's Voice", was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
Don Herbert -science teacher born
President Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.
TV news anchor and commentator David Brinkley born
Former boxer Jake LaMotta born
Eunice Kennedy Shriver born
The Scopes 'Monkey' Trial starts.
The official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.
Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins born
George Eastman demonstrated his invention of the color movie.
The U.S. Government began issuing paper money in the small size that is currently used.
Broadway composer Jerry Herman born
Director Ivan Passer born
Howard Hughes completed his flight around the world. It took him 91 hours to complete the Odyssey.
During World War Two, the 114-day Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. By late October, Britain managed to repel the Luftwaffe, which suffered heavy losses.
Jelly Roll Morton, American ragtime piano player and composer, (self proclaimed inventor of Jazz) dies in Los Angeles.
Tennis star Arthur Ashe born
During World War Two, US and British forces invaded Sicily.
Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) born
Tennis player Virginia Wade born
Actress Sue Lyon ("Lolita") born
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie born
Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler born
Armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean conflict began at Kaesong.
Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) born
Banjo player Bela Fleck born
Country musician Hawkshaw Wilson (BR5-49) born
The pioneer telecommunications satellite Telstar began relaying TV pictures between the United States and Europe. Telstar was the 1st geosynchonous communications satelite launched. Its concept based on the ideas of Arthur C. Clark.
Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) born
The Bahamas became independent after three centuries of British colonial rule.
Cher filed for divorce from rocker Greg Allman, just ten days after the couple had married. She said that Allman had been moonlighting with an old flame.
Actor Adrian Grenier born
Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas born
Actress Jessica Simpson born
Schoolgirl Samantha Smith, invited to the Soviet Union by President Yuri V. Andropov, joined 200 members of a Soviet youth group for a Black Sea cruise, and tossed a bottle containing a message for peace into the water.
The National League beat the American League 3-1 in the All-Star Game, played in San Francisco, in which pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden struck out six batters in a row to break a 50-year-old record.
The Coca-Cola Company announced that the former (regular) Coke would return to the beverage shelves in stores. Consumers were just not happy with the New Coke. The original formula was renamed Coca-Cola Classic.
The enviornmental protest ship "Rainbow Warrior was blown up and sunk in the horbor of Auckland, New Zealand. The ship was scheduled to leave on a trip to protest French nuclear tests in the South Pacific.
The Federal Reserve Board cut its discount rate from 6.5 to 6 percent, its lowest level since early 1978.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North told the Iran-Contra committees the late CIA director William J. Casey had embraced a fund created by arms sales to Iran because it could be used for secret operations other than supplying the Contras.
Opposition party activists in Mexico blocked a bridge linking their country to the United States, charging that Mexico's recent presidential election was marked by widespread fraud.
Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices," including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, died in Los Angeles at age 81.
Mikhail S. Gorbachev handily won re-election as leader of the Soviet Communist Party.
The American League shut out the National League, 2-0, in the 61st All-Star game.
In Moscow, Boris Yeltsin was inaugurated as the first freely elected president of the Russian republic.
President Bush announced he was appointing Alan Greenspan to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman.
President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.
Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa, citing its "profound transformation" toward racial equality.
A New York jury found Pan Am responsible for allowing a terrorist bomb to destroy Flight 103 in 1988, killing 270 people.
A federal judge in Miami sentenced former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, convicted of drug and racketeering charges, to 40 years in prison.
President Clinton ended his visit to Japan, then traveled to South Korea, where in a speech to the National Assembly he denounced communist North Korea for raising the specter of "nuclear annihilation."
In the first meeting of its kind, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin joined leaders of the Group of Seven nations for political talks following their annual economic summit in Naples, Italy.
The defense opened its case at the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.
President Clinton embraced mandatory ratings for TV programs and legislation to put parental-control chips in new sets.
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from her almost six-year-long house arrest in Rangoon, Burma.
Ross Perot said on CNN he would make a second run for president if nominated by the Reform Party -- putting him in contention with former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, who'd announced his candidacy the day before.
A tough speech to Congress laying out conditions for Mideast negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that Syria and the Palestinians stop terrorists from attacking Israel.
NATO forces captured one Serb war crimes suspect and killed another.
President Clinton, visiting Poland, told a Warsaw square filled with cheering Poles that "never again will your fate be decided by others" following his successful drive to bring Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into NATO by 1999.
Scientists in London say DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an "African Eve" 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
Bringing to a close one of the biggest sex scandals ever to hit the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who said they'd been molested by a priest.
The U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Texas Governor George W. Bush, facing a skeptical audience, told the NAACP convention in Baltimore that "the party of Lincoln has not always carried the mantle of Lincoln," and promised to work to improve relations.
Israeli President Ezer Weizman resigned, effectively ending a seven-year term that turned sour when he was found to have acted improperly by accepting gifts while in office.
Mixed reactions to G8 summit
Newspaper refuses to utilize leaked documents in article
Responsibility claim for London attacks questioned by experts
Luxembourg votes Yes to the EU treaty
UK remembers end of World War II sixty years on
North Korea to rejoin six-nation talks
New Enterprise Linux distribution on the horizon
Birmingham UK threat was 'real and very credible'
Argentina qualify for Rugby World Cup in France next year
Building collapses in Manhattan
Four more U.S. soldiers charged with rape of 14-year-old girl, murders
45 feared dead in Pakistan air crash
Auckland Zoo otter Jin has been found alive
Queensland cabinet commits to dams
Zinedine Zidane named the best player
Al-Qaeda threatens UK over Rushdie's knighthood
NASA readies Mars lander for launch
Top two aides quit US presidential candidate McCain's campaign
Cyprus and Malta to adopt the euro
Argentina celebrates its independence day covered in white
Plane crash in Florida kills five
Self-Defence party to stay on in the governing coalition of Poland
US Immigrants protest Green Card delays with flowers
Tour de France: Yellow jersey Cancellara surprises sprinters
Pakistani army storms Red Mosque; Ghazi is killed
Polish Deputy Prime Minister Andrzej Lepper sacked
Uzbekistan arms depot explosions leave three dead
Polish leaders discuss the anti-missile shield negotiations
Large earthquake hits Southern Peru, one killed
British Airways give medals to Flight 38's crew
British teenager finds baby bat in her bra
Iran tests more missiles as war games continue
Salmonella outbreak sickens over one thousand in United States
Karl Rove refuses to testify before House Judiciary Committee
Poland announces Olympians for the Summer Olympics in Beijing
UK car crash in Leicestershire kills six
UK mathematician Nick Higham wins FrÃ¶hlich Prize
Sudan ambush leaves seven peacekeepers dead, more than a dozen wounded
G8 leaders set new emissions target
Major fire reported in Soho, London
Canada pursues new nuclear research reactor to produce medical isotopes
US prisoner in North Korea 'attempts suicide'
British Gas to increase electricity, gas prices
Murdoch empire in crisis after newspaper closes: BSkyB bid halted, former editor arrested, anger at chief executive
South Sudan gains independence
US government reports decline in teen birth rate and binge drinking, rise in poverty and drug abuse
'Imagine a world without free knowledge', in Russia
Australian Paralympic swim team announced
Stefan Millar to appeal Liam Aitchison murder conviction