Death of St. Lupus of Troyes
Basil II captures & blinds a Bulgarian army in the Pass of Kleidion
King Olav Haraldsson, patron saint of Norway, is killed in the battle of Stiklestad. His wholehearted (and often harsh) support for Christianity in that country was decisive in establishing the religion there.
Death of St. Urban II, Pope
Saladin takes Jaffa, again
Birth of Sturla Thordsson, Law Man, and Skald
Death of Sturla Thordsson, Law Man, and Skald
Hamburg, Germany spared by the Hussites
Death of Martin Behaim, constructor of the first known world globe
Marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots, to Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
James VI crowned King of Scots
Execution of the Duke of Biron
Bartholomew Gilbert killed by Indians in North Carolina
Matthew Hopkins, "Witch-finder General," charges 29 persons for witchcraft; all were condemned
English abolitionist William Wilberforce dies a mere three days after England abolishes slavery.
First sugar plantation in Hawaii begun.
First commercial treaty between US and Japan is signed.
Novelist Booth Tarkington born
Melvin Belli, San Francisco's 'King of Torts' born
First transcontinental phone link made. Between NYC and San Francisco
First transcontinental airmail flight from New York to San Francisco
Actor Robert Horton ("Wagon Train") born
Former American Red Cross President Elizabeth H. Dole, now U.S. presidential candidate. born
ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings born
Rock musician Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) born
Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London.
Marilyn Tucker Quayle, wife of former Vice President Dan Quayle born
Rock musician Simon Kirke (Bad Company) born
RKO Pictures released the Walt Disney adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson literary classic "Treasure Island."
Rock singer-musician Geddy Lee (Rush) born
Documentary maker Ken Burns born
Rock singer Patti Scialfa (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) born
The International Atomic Energy Commission was established.
Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight Show.""
President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which created "NASA."
Actress Alexandra Paul born
Country singer Martina McBride born
Rock musician Chris Gorman (Belly) born
Fire swept the USS Forrestal, stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's stance against artificial birth control.
Actor Rodney Allen Rippy born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) born
President Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the victims.
A state funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at age 60.
Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in an elaborate ceremony televised worldwide from St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
Death claimed actor David Niven in Switzerland at age 73; movie director Luis Bunuel in Mexico at age 83; and actor Raymond Massey in Beverly Hills, California, at age 86.
On the first day of competition at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Americans won six gold medals in swimming and cycling events.
The space shuttle Challenger began an eight-day mission that got off to a shaky start -- the spacecraft achieved a safe orbit even though one of its main engines had shut down prematurely after lift-off.
Spring Hill, Tennessee, was selected as the new home of the Saturn automobile assembly plant. General Motors announced that it expected to produce up to 500,000 of the compact cars a year beginning in 1989.
A federal jury in New York found that the NFL had committed an antitrust violation against the rival United States Football League. But in a hollow victory for the USFL, the jury ordered the NFL to pay $3.
Testifying for a second day before the Iran-Contra congressional committees, Attorney general Edwin Meese strongly defended his inquiry into the affair.
NASA officials delayed a critical launch-pad test-firing of the space shuttle Discovery's main engines, scheduled for Aug. 1, another three days. (The test finally took place August tenth, and was judged a success.)
Poland's newly elected president, Wojciech Jaruzelski resigned his post as Communist Party general secretary, and was succeeded by Mieczyelaw Rakowski.
Bruno Kreisky, Austria's longest-serving chancellor and an architect of its policy of neutrality, died at age 79.
Jack Nicklaus became the second golfer to win the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open golf tournaments.
President Bush arrived in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev that included the signing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The Federal Reserve sought a $200 million penalty against BCCI for violating U.S. banking laws. It was the largest fine in the Federal Reserve's history.
The U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team won the gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics.
Former East German leader Erich Honecker was arrested on his return to his homeland and charged with manslaughter. He was later permitted to leave after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford and his law partner, Robert Altman, were indicted on charges of lying about their roles in the BCCI scandal.
The Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible," and threw out his death sentence; Demjanjuk was set free.
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Morihiro Hosokawa was chosen prime minister by the majority political coalition in the Japanese Diet (parliament).
President Clinton ordered U.S. troops to Rwanda's capital to provide airport security for relief flights.
Anti-abortion activist Paul Hill shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton and Britton's bodyguard, James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Fla. (Hill was later convicted and sentenced to death).
Supreme Court nominee Stephen G. Breyer won Senate approval.
President Clinton and Republicans marked the 30th anniversary of Medicare by accusing one another of putting the program's future at risk.
At the Atlanta Olympics, Carl Lewis won the gold medal in the long jump, becoming only the fifth Olympian to win gold medals in four straight games. Michael Johnson won the 400-meter dash, Allen Johnson the 110-meter hurdles.
China detonated a nuclear test explosion that it promised would be its last, just hours before international negotiators in Geneva began discussing a global ban on such testing.
Members of Congress from both parties embraced compromise legislation designed to balance the budget while cutting taxes.
Minamata Bay, Japan, once a worldwide symbol of industrial pollution, was declared free of mercury 40 years after contaminated food fish were blamed for deaths and birth defects.
Jerome Robbins, one of modern ballet's master choreographers and one of Broadway's major innovators, died in New York at age 79.
President Clinton reached an agreement with Kenneth Starr to provide grand jury testimony via closed-circuit television in the Monica Lewinsky case.
A day trader, apparently upset over stock losses, opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage offices, killing nine people and wounding 13 before shooting himself to death; authorities say Mark O. Barton also killed his wife and two children.
California Govenor Gray Davis abandoned the state's effort to preserve Proposition 187, a divisive voter-approved ban on schooling and other public benefits for illegal immigrants.
Yasser Arafat set off on a multi-country tour to drum up support for the Palestinians in the Middle East peace process.
Australian Medical Association backs ethanol blended fuels
Twenty injured by tornado in Birmingham, UK
Armed police arrest two more 21 July bombing suspects in dramatic raids
Controversy over Liverpool fan jailed in Bulgaria
Fourth 21 July bomb suspect held in Rome
Cyclist crosses Canada in 30 days for orphans
No breakthrough in the WTO trade talks
Visa of Brazilian killed in London reportedly expired two-years ago
Football CL: Third qualifying round draw results
Campaigning ends in landmark Congo elections
Gunman kills one, injures five in Seattle Jewish Federation
Hezbollah leader alleges prior Israeli-US planning of current conflict
All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup
Disney to leave smoking out of their films
Tour de France: Alberto Contador wins the grand tour
Fred Thompson wins Georgetown County straw poll
13 die in two aircraft accidents in Russia
Earthquake strikes southern California
Alaska senator Ted Stevens indicted in corruption scandal
SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding
Court sentences eight to death in Sudan over Omdurman rebel attack
US father kidnaps daughter, may flee country in yacht
Over 100 people protest exclusion of gender identity protection in ENDA outside HRC dinner
American actor and star of 'Frasier' returns to hospital
IOC lifts ban on Iraqi athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics
British Airways enters merger talks with Iberia
Google's search index hits one trillion page mark
Ukrainian journalist Gongadze's skull may have been found
Colombia's relations with Venezuela deteriorate over Swedish rockets
Haitian migrants drown and many more still missing
Seven million dollar Iraq bank heist leaves eight dead
Loneliness unhealthy as smoking and alcoholism, new study says
Oldest user of Twitter, Ivy Bean, dies at 104
Ahmadinejad criticizes Paul the octopus
Six killed in Sadr City bombing
Tennessee Lieutenant Governor suggests that Islam is a 'cult'
Gibraltar police investigate suspicious death
National Museum of Scotland reopens after three-year redevelopment