Coronation of St. Antheseus as Pope
Death of St. Gelasius I, Pope
Joan of Arc sold to the English by the Burgundians
John Bale, Bishop of Ossory, antiquarian, dramatist born
Francis Xavier leaves Japan for Goa, India
Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the "Mayflower Compact,"designed to bolster unity among the settlers.
Jakob Bhme, German philosophical mystic, dies
General Assembly of "the faithful" meets in Glascow, Scotland, without representation of the religious hierarchy
Rene Robert, Cavalier de la Salle born
French author Francois Voltaire (Jean Francois Arouet) born
Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d'Arlandes made the first flight in a balloon, thus becoming the first men to fly. The pair flew nearly six miles around Paris in 25 minutes reaching an altitude of around 300 feet. Ben Franklin was one of the spectators for the big occasion.
William Beaumont, pioneer American army surgeon born
British steamship company founder Samuel Cunard born
Sir Samuel Cunard, founded 1st regular Atlantic steamship line born
North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the US Constitution.
Schubert's estate was valued at 63 florins, about a tenth of the cost of his cut-rate funeral.
The cigar lighter was patented by M.F. Gale of New York City.
Inventor Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph. On February 19, 1878, Edison received a patent for the device.
Comic actor Harpo Marx born
Jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins born
Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris.
In San Juan, President Theodore Roosevelt pledges citizenship for Puerto Rican people.
Cunard liner Mauretania sets a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a one day run.
Baseball player Paul Richards born
Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and all choose prison terms.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Sid Luckman born
Prokofiev took it on the chin from the New York Tribune. The Trib's music critic blasted Prokofiev for writing a piece called "Hircus Nocturnus," only to discover that Prokofiev did not write it. The next day the critic apologized to Prokofiev.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial born
Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the US Senate.
Actress Vivian Blaine (State Fair) born
Harold 'Red' Grange played his last game for the University of Illinois. The next day, he joined the Chicago Bears.
Police turn machine guns on striking Colorado mine workers, killing five and wounding 20.
Actor Joseph Campanella (Ben, Meteor, Original Intent, The President's Plane is Missing, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Sky Hei$t, The Colbys, The Lawyers, Mannix) born
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Ringo born
Country singer Jean Shepard (Satin Sheets) born
Actor Laurence Luckinbill born
Court rules Gloria Vanderbilt unfit for custody of her daughter.
Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City. The show ran for 420 performances.
Dmitri Shostakovich got out of trouble when his Fifth Symphony premiered. Shostakovich billed it as "a Soviet artist's response to just criticism," and the official critics who previously attacked his music for decadence accepted the apology and the symphony.
Actress Marlo Thomas (sources also list 1938 or 1943) born
Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.
Ballet dancer Natalia Makarova born
Singer Dr. John Dr. John born
Actress Juliet Mills born
Singer (Malcolm John Rebennack) Dr. John (Right Place Wrong Time) born
The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.
Comedian-director Harold Ramis . born
Television producer Marcy Carsey ("The Cosby Show," "Roseanne") born
Basketball player Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe born
The "Roy Rogers Show" was first heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System this day. Singing along with Roy ('The King of the Cowboys'), were the Whippoorwills and The Sons of the Pioneers.
"I'm Beginning to See the Light", the song that would become the theme song for Harry James and his Orchestra, was first recorded. The song featured the lovely voice of Kitty Kallen ("Little Things Mean a Lot").
Actress Goldie (Btudlendgehawn) Hawn (Cactus Flower, Private Benjamin, Shampoo, The Sugarland Express, First Wives Club, Laugh-In) born
Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) born
The Sunday morning religious program "Lamp Unto My Feet" first aired over CBS television. It became one of TV's longest running network shows, and aired through January 1979.
Jockey Barbara Jo Rubin born
United Nations grants Libya its independence in the year 1952.
Singer Livingston Taylor born
Actress-singer Lorna Luft born
The first lady of the American stage, Helen Hayes, was honored for her many remarkable years in show business, as the Fulton Theatre in New York City was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre.
Actress Cherry Jones born
Jack Benny (Violin) & Richard Nixon (Piano) play their famed duet.
Following his firing from WABC Radio in New York the day before, Alan Freed refused "on principle" to sign a statement that he never received money or gifts (payola) for plugging records.
Gospel singer Steven Curtis Chapman born
Actress Nicollette Sheridan born
New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened.
Football player Troy Aikman born
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the air quality act, allotting $428 million for the fight against pollution.
Rock musician Alex James (Blur) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) born
Baseball player Ken Griffey Junior born
The Senate voted down the nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth to the Supreme Court, the first time a candidate for the nation's highest court was rejected since 1930.
U.S. planes conduct widespread bombing raids in North Vietnam.
Rapper Pretty Lou (Lost Boyz) born
President Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18-and-a-half-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act over President Ford's veto.
Eighty-seven people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One of the largest TV audience ever - an estimated 82 million people - watched as Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin Shepard shot J.R. Ewing on "Dallas." The jilted mistress was seen holding the smoking gun after a summer of viewers asking that haunting question, "Who Shot J.R.?" Eighty percent of all viewers watched the show.
Olivia Newton-John began the first of 10 weeks at the top of the pop music charts when "Physical" became the music world's top tune.
Former US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel.
President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ended a summit meeting in Switzerland. They promised acceleration of arms-reduction talks.
CIA director William Casey defended secret U.S. arms sales to Iran during closed-door sessions with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
Justice Department begins the inquiry into the National Security Council; Lt. Col. Oliver North shreds important documents.
An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, Louisiana, as Cuban detainees, alarmed over the possibility of being returned to Cuba, seized the facility and took hostages.
Canada's Progressive Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, won the country's general election.
President-elect George Bush announced he was retaining Dick Thornburgh as attorney general and Lauro Cavazos as education secretary, and appointing Richard Darman budget director.
The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
Junk-bond financier Michael R. Milken, who had pleaded guilty to six felony counts, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York to ten years in prison. (Milken served two years.)
President Bush arrived in Saudi Arabia, where he conferred with Saudi King Fahd and Kuwait's exiled emir.
President Bush signed a civil rights bill in a Rose Garden ceremony, then sought to calm a storm of controversy by withdrawing a tentative order to end government hiring preferences for blacks and women.
The UN Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be the new Secretary-General.
Senator Bob Packwood (Republican, Oregon) issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward ten women over the years.
The US House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state, by a vote of 277-to-153.
Actor Bill Bixby died in Century City, California, at age 59.
Sen. Jesse Helms remarked in a newspaper interview that President Clinton "better have a bodyguard" if he were to visit North Carolina; Helms later called his comment "a mistake."
NATO warplanes bombed an air base in Serb-held Croatia that was being used by Serb planes to raid the Bosnian "safe area" of Bihac.
France detonated a fourth underground nuclear blast at its test site in the South Pacific.
Balkan leaders meeting in Dayton, Ohio, initialed a peace plan to end 3 years of ethnic fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 5000 mark for the first time.
Thirty-three people were killed, more than 100 injured, when an explosion blamed on leaking gas ripped through a six-story building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
UN arms inspectors returned to Iraq after Saddam Hussein's three-week standoff with the United Nations over the presence of Americans on the team.
President Clinton signed a law giving the FDA new powers to speed the approval of drugs to combat a host of killer diseases, including cancer and AIDS.
President Clinton, visiting South Korea, warned North Korea to forsake nuclear weapons, and urged the North to seize "an historic opportunity" for peace with the South.
President Clinton, speaking at a conference in Florence, Italy, called on prosperous nations to spread global wealth by helping poor countries with Internet hookups, cell phones, debt relief and small loans.
China completed its first unmanned test of a spacecraft meant to carry astronauts.
Quentin Crisp, the eccentric writer, performer and raconteur best-known for his autobiography "The Naked Civil Servant," died in Manchester, England, at age 90.
Chaudhry's son marries Tui Lau descendant in Fiji
Sri Lankan president appoints fellow hardliner as PM
Myanmar Junta threatened with sanctions by UN body
Darwin and Sumatra rocked by offshore earthquakes
International exhibit of chair art starts in Canada
Under-reporting of human Bird Flu infections poses worldwide threat
Japan to hunt 950 whales for "scientific research"
A Watch Company to Hold a Charitable Auction
Canadian liberals unhappy with PM's performance at APEC summit
Blue Mountains fires burn out of control
New Czech grocery chain to be opened by Vietnamese
White powder found at Buffalo, N.Y. courthouse
Alabama School Bus Crash kills 4
Speaker Pelosi won't support U.S. draft bill
Iraq, Syria, Iran form friendly relations
John Reid: Iraq does radicalise some Muslim youth
New Zealand political party destroys leaked emails
Old deeds threaten Buffalo, NY hotel development
Book written based on leaked political emails, NZ
US to host Middle East summit on November 27
Anne Frank tree saved from being chopped down
Sabotage strikes French railways
Former White House press secretary says Bush had role in Plame coverup
Branding professionals in Taiwan promoted on the "Smiling Curve" in the "Taiwan Brands' Trend Forum"
Oral Roberts University accountant claims he was ordered to "cook the books"
Harvard Law School gives its highest honour to Pakistani judge
Two veteran actors to depart beleaguered soap 'Days of our Lives'
NY Times says Hillary Clinton accepts US Secretary of State position
UN reports condemn West Bank settlement
Gas prices in the U.S. fall below $2 a gallon
Thaksin's ex-wife appeals tax evasion conviction
Mine explosion in northeastern China kills at least 42, dozens more trapped
Rocket strike near hotel in Afghan capital injures four
Quad crash kills fourteen year-old in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
40th H1N1 swine flu death recorded in Scotland
Central Michigan quarterback sets passing record, becomes finalist for award
Large Hadron Collider restarted
Vietnam denies blocking social networking site Facebook
Beatles' 'Hey Jude' becomes their most downloaded song on iTunes
Calm returns to Salt, Jordan after riots over police shooting; 35 arrested
Serb pilots defend colleague in Air India Express disaster
California campus pepper spray police suspended
Myanmar dissident Suu Kyi to run for parliament in by-elections
Israeli airstrikes damage more offices housing international journalists in Gaza City
Philippines to host four-country meeting about South China Sea disputes