Hannibal & allies defeat Romans at Cannae, kill 40,000
Coronation of Otto III as Holy Roman Emperor. He was 16 years old.
Execution of Earl Waltheof
The composer Saint Godric died in England. He was said to have been more than a hundred years old. Saint Godric's hymns are some of the oldest surviving pieces of music.
Death of Conrad IV, King of Germany
University of Cologne, Germany, chartered
Betrothal of Henry VI, King of England, to Catherine de Valois of France; England and France swear perpetual peace; French King Charles VI recognizes English King Henry V as Duke of Normandy & heir to the French throne
Coronation of James I, King of Scotland
German painter and engraver Albrecht Durer in Nuremberg, Germany. Considered the greatest of the German Renaissance artists. born
Edward IV, King of England, enters London and Henry VI, deposed King of England, murdered in the Tower
Discovery of St. Helena island by the Portuguese
King Philip II of Spain, who launched the Spanish Armada born
The Reformation is adopted in Geneva, Switzerland
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
Turkish troops attack Malta
Death of Tommaso Campanella, philosopher
English poet and satirist Alexander Pope1688 Alexander Pope was born in London, England to Roman Catholic parents. Although he suffered an illness at age 12 that left him a hunchback, he was acclaimed the chief poet of his day, by the age of 30. born
The first bicycles in the United States were called swift walkers and were seen for the first time on the streets of New York City.
The first Democratic National Convention got underway in Baltimore. The delegates would nominate President Jackson for a second term.
Captain William Hobson claimed British sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand, even though negotiations had not been
Henri Rousseau, French Post-impressionist painter known as Le Douanier. His style was "primitive" or naive and included pictures of exotic foliage, flowers and fruit of the jungle along with stilted human and animal figures. born
Willam Einthoven, he was the Dutch physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1924 for his development of the Electrocardiograph born
Glenn Curtis the American pioneering aviator whose planes were used during World War One born
Clara Barton, who had served as a nurse near the front lines during the Civil War, founded the American branch of the Red Cross.
The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.
"I Pagliacci," one of the world's most famous operas, premiered. Leoncavallo's masterpiece was first performed at Milan's La Scala opera house, and the premiere was conducted by Toscanini.
One of the lighter voices of the late 19th century was silenced when Franz von Suppe, composer of the popular overtures "Light Cavalry" and "Poet and Peasant," died in Vienna.
Industrialist Armand Hammer. He was head of the Occidental Petroleum Corp, was born. He struck up a strong relationship with Soviet authorities and often acted as an intermediary between them and the U.S. born
Industrialist Armand Hammer. He was head of the Occidental Petroleum Corp, was born. He struck up a strong relationship with Soviet authorities and often acted as an intermediary between them and the U.S.
Fats Waller, jazz pianist and composer notably for "Ain't Misbehavin" born
Football's international body FIFA was established in Paris.
Louis H. Perlman of New York City received a patent for the demountable tire-carrying rim -- similar to the ones we use on our cars today, only wider.
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel was born in Massing, Bavaria. Her drawings were translated into three dimensional figurines by Franz Goebel.
Novelist Harold Robbins born
Actor-singer Dennis Day born
Andrei Sakharov, Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner, born. In 1980 he was sent into internal exile at Gorky until 1986. born
Rollin Kirby's cartoon, "On the Road to Moscow," became the first cartoon to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian born
Actress-TV personality Peggy Cass born
14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Junior and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.
Charles Lindbergh landed the "Spirit of St. Louis" in Paris, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic.
Lord Rosebery, English Liberal party leader and prime minister, 1894-95, died.
The first automatic electric stock quotation board was put into operation by Sutro and Company of New York City.
Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister 1975-83. He came into office after the Labor Party government collapsed following a budgetary crisis he helped to provoke. born
Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo, from Newfoundland to Ireland.
Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint each of its citizens.
Hugo de Vries, Dutch geneticist and botanist who introduced the study of organic evolution, died.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) born
A German U-boat sank the American freighter "USS Robin Moore" in the South Atlantic.
President Roosevelt proclaimed "an unlimited state of national emergency," seven months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Rock musician Hilton Valentine (the Animals) born
Novelist Janet Dailey born
Singer Marcie Blaine born
Syria and Lebanon broke off negotiations with France and demanded full independence.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married in Mansfield, Ohio at Malabar Farm. Legend has it that the couple fell in love in 1943 during the making of the film "To Have and Have Not."
Musician Bill Champlin (Chicago) born
Actress Carol Potter ("Beverly Hills 90210") born
Actor Mr. T (Lawrence Tero Tureaud) born
Music producer Stan Lynch (formerly with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) born
The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
Actor Judge Reinhold born
The musical "Gypsy," inspired by the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opened on Broadway.
The nuclear-powered US submarine "Scorpion,' with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.)
Sirhan B. Sirhan was sentenced to death for the murder of Robert Kennedy in 1968. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.
Jazz musician Christian McBride born
Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. born
Lazlo Toth, a Hungarian native, attacked Michelangelo's centuries-old sculpture "Pieta.""
Actress Fairuza Balk born
Rapper Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) born
Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.
Ensign Jean Marie Butler became the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy as she accepted her degree and commission from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
In France, Francois Mitterrand was installed as President and set up a caretaker government under prime minister Pierre Mauroy.
In the Falklands War, British troops established a bridgehead at Port San Carlos and HMS Ardent was sunk with the loss of 22 lives.
In Washington, President Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador appealed to Congress to approve more aid without attaching what he called "degrading" conditions.
Marvin Gaye's last album was released. "Dream of a Lifetime" featured songs that critics considered too offensive such as the controversial, pop version of "the Lord's Prayer.""
After taking fertility drugs, Patti Frustaci of Orange, California, gave birth to the first recorded American septuplets. Six of the seven infants were born alive. Three survived.
President Reagan vetoed a Congressional resolution blocking a scaled-down sale of advanced U.S. missiles to Saudi Arabia. (The veto was narrowly upheld the following month.)
In the wake of the Iraqi attack on the US frigate Stark that claimed 37 lives, the Senate approved a proposal requiring President Reagan to send Congress a report detailing the threat to US ships in the Persian Gulf.
"Risen Star" won the Preakness Stakes.
The Soviet news agency Tass reported that the Communist Party leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan had been dismissed after fresh outbreaks of ethnic tensions in the two southern Soviet republics.
Thousands of native Chinese marched in Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo and scores of other cities in a worldwide show of support for the pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians in violence sparked the slayings of seven Palestinians by an Israeli civilian a day earlier.
Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers while campaigning for elections in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.
Ethiopia's Marxist president, Mengistu Haile Mariam, resigned and fled into exile as rebels continued to advance.
The U. S. Coast Guard announced that high-seas interdiction of Haitian refugees was being drastically scaled back because refugee camps at the US naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, were filled.
President Clinton met at the White House with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev; afterward, Clinton expressed pessimism over finding a long-term solution to the ethnic conflict in the Balkans, and pledged not to send American soldiers into a "shooting gallery."
Octavio Lepage was sworn in as the new acting leader of Venezuela after the suspension of President Carlos Andres Perez on corruption charges.
Bakili Muluzi was sworn in as Malawi's president and quickly moved to erase the worst excesses of defeated president Kamuzu Banda's 30-year single-party rule.
Israeli commandos swept into Lebanon's eastern mountains and abducted Mustafa Dirani, a Shiite Muslin guerrilla leader.
Former Secretary of Defense Les Aspin died at a Washington, D.C., hospital after suffering a massive stroke; he was 56.
In east Africa's worst marine disaster, as many as 886 people, many of them teen-agers, drowned when an overloaded Tanzanian ferry capsized in Lake Victoria. The ferry capsized near the western town of Mwanza. There was an estimated 1,000 on board and only 114 survived.
Prosecutors at the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh rested their case.
The space shuttle "Atlantis" undocked from the Russian "Mir" space station.
A gunman opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students; the suspect, Kip Kinkel, is also accused of killing his parents a day earlier.
In the wake of deadly anti-government protests, Indonesia President Suharto stepped down after 32 years in power and was succeeded by Vice President B.J. Habibie.
Frank and Shirley Capaci of Streamwood, Illinois, announced they were the holders of a winning Powerball ticket worth $195 million.
Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress on her 19th try.
Presidential friend and fund-raiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and agreed to cooperate in an investigation of illegal Asian donations to the Democrats.
A luxury cruise liner, the Sun Vista, sank off Malaysia's western coast; nearly 1,100 passengers and crew escaped safely.
Nineteen people were killed when a charter plane crashed in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
"Dancer in the Dark" won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival; the Grand Prize went to "Devils on the Doorstep."
Death claimed actor Sir John Gielgud at age 96
Dame Barbara Cartland died at the age of 98.
Cuban dissidents hold rare public meeting
Pair extradited and charged over Granville, Sydney shootings
Ray Nagin re-elected New Orleans mayor
Snowy Hydro Scheme to go public
'Naked Guy' Andrew Martinez dies
Militants target rally in Srinagar
Iran stands defiant on Uranium enrichment
Controversy over translation of Norwegian national anthem
Missing girl from British Columbia found safe
Professionals and students continue strike in New Delhi
Interview with Ton Roosendaal about Elephants Dream and free content movies
Possible Anthrax scare in Norway
Trojan Nuclear Power Plant cooling tower demolished
Finnish metal band win 51st Eurovision Song Contest
300 Vietnamese fishermen rescued after record China typhoon
Violence escalates in Afghanistan
NHL: Ottawa Senators eliminate Buffalo Sabres to advance to Stanley Cup finals
Cutty Sark blaze treated as 'suspicious'
Pirate attacks bring UN aid to Somalia to a halt
Spy drones to be launched over the UK skies
Landfill named after comedian John Cleese
Belgian bus company knows solution for car parking problems
Nuclear plant sealed off after traces of explosives found on bag
UK MPs vote not to lower abortion limit
Pedestrian, three others killed in helicopter crash in British Columbia
Colombian rebel leader 'Karina' surrenders
UK minor faces charges for calling Scientology 'cult' at protest
Eurovision 2008: First semi-final held in Belgrade
Mob kills 'witches' in Kenya
Parties make final bids for Crewe and Nantwich voters
Zenit rocket launches Galaxy 18 satellite
Judge continues injunction against 'Expelled' film
Fire damages building housing Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Iran proclaims successful missile test
Mother and son disappear after court orders cancer treatment
Cyclone Laila lashes across India's Eastern coastline
US scientist creates 'artificial life'
New earthquake hits Chile
I'll Have Another wins Preakness Stakes
Raw Opals spend week preparing for London Games
Report finds Canberra and Northern Territory have most expensive cocaine in Australia