Death of Pepin III, King of France
Death of Peter, the Hermit
Death of St. Eugenius, Pope
Elanor of Aquitaine, wife of Henry II, King of England, sails to England as her husband's prisoner
Death of Alexander II, King of Scotland
Death of St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal
Death of Edward, "the Black Prince"
Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon on a voyage that would lead to discovery of a sea route to India around the southern tip of Africa.
Don Carlos "the Mad," Prince of Spain born
Northumberland proclaims Lady Jane Dudley as Queen of England
Beheading of Leonora Galigai, for witchcraft
The King of Spain sends Charles I of England, an Elephant and five camels
Charles I, King of England, sends to artist Bartolomeo della Stone in Venice to purchase works of art
King Charles the Second of England granted a new charter to Rhode Island. It guaranteed religious freedom regardless of 'differencesin opinion in matters of religion.'
Uniforms for police in New York City were authorized on this day.
Colonial Congregational minister Jonathan Edwards preaches his classic sermon at Enfield, Connecticut: "You are thus in the hands of an angry God; 'tis nothing but his mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction." This speech influenced the start of New England's 'Great Awakening.'
Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered at Independence Square in Philadelphia.
Lowell Mason, Presbyterian pioneer of congregational singing. He composed over 1,000 hymn tunes, including BETHANY ('Nearer, My God, To Thee'), DENNIS ('Blest Be theTie That Binds'), and HAMBURG ('When I Survey the Wondrous Cross') born
Martin Academy in Washington, TN, changed its name to Washington College becoming the first college to be named after George Washington.
1st American Passport issued by the US State Department.
The Liberty Bell cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in Philadelphia.
Dirigible inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin born
Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller born
An expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
French psychologist Alfred Binet born
Claude Debussy was hired as a summer piano tutor by Nadezhda von Meck, the rich Russian woman who for so many years provided covert financial support to Tchaikovsky. To get the gig, Debussy lied about his age, pretending his was 20 when he was really only 17.
Edward Berner invents the Sundae.
"The Wall Street Journal" was first published. This first issue was a four page afternoon daily.
Warren G. Harding married Florence K. DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio.
C.E. Barnes of Lowell, MA, patented the machine gun.
Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater.
Nelson Rockefeller U.S. Vice President under Gerald Ford born
Nan Jane Aspinwall became the first woman to ride a horse across the United States. She rode from San Francisco, California to New York City. The trip began on September 1, 1910 and ended on July 8, 1911.
Jazz singer Billy Eckstine born
Actor Craig Stevens ("Peter Gunn") born
President Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France.
ABC News Chairman Roone Arledge born
Singer Jerry Vale (Genaro Vitaliano) born
Marty Feldman - (Young Frankenstein) born
Singer Steve Lawrence (Sidney Leibowitz) born
Actor Jeffrey Tambor born
Ballerina Cynthia Gregory born
Demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
The American League defeated the National League, 2-to-1, in the All-Star game played at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Children's performer Raffi born
The Moscow Conference convened to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the independence of the Russian Orthodox Church from control of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.
General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea.
Actress Anjelica Huston born
The first gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded this day -- to the soundtrack LP, "Oklahoma!" The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales.
Meeting in Oberlin, Ohio, the Congregational Christian and the Evangelical andReformed churches adopted a united statement of faith. The two groups merged to form the United Church of Christ in 1961.
Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) born
Country singer Toby Keith born
Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) born
Rock singer Joan Osborne born
"Late Show with David Letterman" executive producer Rob Burnett born
The withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam began.
Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) born
President Ford announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1976.
Rock musician Tavis Werts (Reel Big Fish) born
John McEnroe defeated Jimmy Connors in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 to become the first American man in 46 years to capture back-to-back Wimbledon tennis titles.
In a speech to the American Bar Association, President Reagan branded Iran, Libya, North Korea, Cuba and Nicaragua "outlaw states" that were engaged in "acts of war" against the United States.
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, widely regarded as the father of the nuclear navy, died in Arlington, Virginia, at age 86.
Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes.
Kitty Dukakis, wife of Massachusetts Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis, revealed she'd been addicted to amphetamines for 26 years, but had sought help and was drug-free. (However, Mrs. Dukakis later admitted to dependence on alcohol, and entered a recovery program.)
Iran's parliamentary speaker, Hashemi Rafsanjani, said his nation would not seek revenge against the United States for shooting down an Iranian jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people.
Carlos Saul Menem was inaugurated as president of Argentina in the country's first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian leader to another in six decades.
Sweden's Stefan Edberg beat Boris Becker of West Germany to capture his second men's tennis championship at Wimbledon.
The Louisiana Senate passed a tough anti-abortion bill that was successfully vetoed by Governor Buddy Roemer.
West Germany won the World Cup soccer championship by defeating Argentina, 1-0.
Reversing earlier denials, Iraq disclosed for the first time that it was carrying out a nuclear weapons program, including the production of enriched uranium.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with Group of Seven leaders holding their economic summit in Munich, Germany, where he offered a startling proposal to swap factories, energy resources and other properties for Russian debt.
The Tanglewood had its first regular concert tonight with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony. The first part of the evening was the second act of Saint-Saens' "Samson and Delilah" with soloists Jessye Norman, Gary Lakes and Sherrill Milnes. After the intermission: the "Eroica."
A jury in Boise, Idaho, acquitted white separatist Randy Weaver and a co-defendant of slaying a federal marshal in a shootout at a remote mountain cabin.
Leaders of the Group of Seven, in the second day of their Tokyo summit, warned against the dismembering of Bosnia, but backed away from a threat to use force.
O.J. Simpson was ordered to stand trial on charges of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations opened their 20th annual economic summit, in Naples, Italy.
The space shuttle Columbia blasted off on a two-week mission.
Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
Steffi Graf won the women's singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu was arrested in China and charged with obtaining state secrets (he was later convicted of espionage and deported in August 1995).
A deadly heat wave began in the nation's midsection; it claimed more than 800 lives, more than half of them in Illinois.
Hurricane "Bertha" slammed into the Virgin Islands with torrential rains and winds that gusted to 105 miles-an-hour.
NATO extended membership invitations to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The Mayo Clinic and the government warned the diet-drug combination known as "fen-phen" could cause serious heart and lung damage.
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee opened politically charged hearings into fund-raising abuses, with chairman Fred Thompson accusing China of trying to influence the 1996 US elections.
A federal bankruptcy judge tentatively approved a settlement under which an estimated 170,000 women who said silicone breast implants had made them sick would get $3.2 billion from Dow Corning Corporation.
An Air Force cargo jet took off from Seattle on a dangerous mission to Antarctica to drop medicine for Dr. Jerri Nielsen, a physician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center who had discovered a lump in her breast. (The mission was successful; Nielsen was evacuated the following October.)
Astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., the third man to walk on the moon, died after a motorcycle accident near Ojai, Calif.; he was 69.
Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first black women's champion at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1957-58.
The Pentagon's missile defense project suffered its latest setback when a rocket that had taken off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific failed to intercept a target missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 117 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old child
United States Marine Corps officer Michael Brown is convicted on Okinawa for "attempting an indecent act" and "destruction of property" and is sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years.
Death toll from London bombings rises to 37
Security alerts in central London
London transport system returning to normal
London bombing death toll rises to 'more than 50'
Blair: G8 leaders announce $50 billion aid increase; talks on trade and climate change
Suspended sentence for Sasser worm author
Bird flu hits Philippines
Romanian PM quits after Constitutional Court ruling
8th Circuit Court rules 'partial birth' ban unconstitutional
University of Alberta to buy Hudson's Bay Building
Philippine President calls for resignation of cabinet due to deflation of peso
Baseball, softball dropped from 2012 Olympics
Thirteen people died in London bus bombing
'Denmark will be attacked' says one expert, 'Denmark safe' says another
450 sheep leap to their deaths in Turkey
Florida declares 'state of emergency', Hurricane Dennis category 4 storm
Funeral hearse caught speeding in Ireland
Russian firefighting aircraft starts fires in Portugal
Pope Benedict XVI visits Valencia, Spain
U.S. government seeks to examine Guantanamo inmates' documents
All Blacks defeat Australia in Tri Nations rugby opener
Western Province defeat Blue Bulls in rugby's Currie Cup regular season
U.S. Army Surgeon General: Many soldiers with personality disorders can perform well
The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary adds 'google' as a verb
Germany beat Portugal 3-1 to take FIFA World Cup bronze
Nevada wildfires forces evacuations
Surveillance cameras in New South Wales schools cause alarm
Poll of 100 million votes names new Seven Wonders of the World
Fort Lee, Virginia adopts RAPIDGate for fast civilian access
Morocco raises terror threat level to 'maximum'
Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli to triumph at Wimbledon
Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen wins British Grand Prix
Face-off at Islamabad Mosque
UN calls on international community to increase aid for Iraqi refugees
Tour de France: The race begins in earnest
California teamsters picket Orange County transit system in contract dispute
AFC Asian Cup: tournament commences; Thailand and Iraq draw 1-1
Antiglobalization protestors march near site of G8 summit
Philippines ferry disaster: ship owner sues over toxic cargo; recovery deadline set & more
Hurricane Bertha strengthens over Atlantic Ocean
Romanian foreign minister breaks the ice between Bucharest and Chisinau
Thaksin still pervades Thai political landscape
Google announces new operating system
More than 100 die in riots in ÃrÃ¼mqi, China
Solar-powered plane completes 26-hour flight
Georgian woman celebrates 130th birthday
NBA free agency: Bosh, Wade to sign with Miami Heat
Three arrested in al-Qaeda bomb plot
Abducted four-year-old Missouri girl found alive, person of interest shoots himself
Spectator injured in 30-foot fall at Texas Rangers baseball game
US jobless claims lower than forecast, futures rise
Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Southern California
Spain advances to first World Cup Finals
End of an era: Space Shuttle Atlantis launches on final mission in program
Cassini spacecraft captures large storm on Saturn
Finnish Olympic champion skier Mika MyllylÃ¤ found dead
De Villota awake and talking to family after Tuesday's crash
Cricket: Northamptonshire defeat Warwickshire by 27 runs in Twenty20 match
Panda cub born in Taiwan to gifted Chinese pandas
Buddhist UNESCO World Heritage site in India suffers terrorist attack