Traditional date of the death of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian Church
Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, dies, succeeded by Edward the Elder
Charles V "the Wise," King of France, dedicates a monument to his personal chef, for a recipe for pickled fish
Execution of Gilles de Rais, on charges of witchcraft and murder.
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, crowned in France
The Papal Legate leaves England without giving Henry VIII his divorce
Drake returns to Plymouth
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, approves the conversion of archers into musketeers
Organization of English Royal Marines
Domenico Scarlatti, son of Alessandro Scarlatti, prolific composer of piano sonatas. born
The first Continental Congress, which protested British measures and called for civil disobedience, concludes in Philadelphia.
Count Helmuth Karl Von Moltke, a Prussian Field Marshal, whose reorganization of the Prussian Army lead to military victories which allowed the unification of Germany. born
The friendship between Carl Maria von Weber and Franz Schubert was permanently damaged when Schubert, in response to a request for a candid assessment of some of von Weber's music, replied that it didn't have enough melody.
The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
Architect Joseph Hansom (inventor of the Hansom cab) born
Charles Post (founder of Post cereals Post Toasties) born
Actor H.B. (Henry Byron) Warner (Bulldog Drummond series, It's a Wonderful Life, Lost Horizon, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Ten Commandments) born
The "Gunfight at the O-K Corral" took place in Tombstone, Arizona, as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and "Doc" Holliday confronted Ike Clanton's gang. Three members of Clanton's gang were killed; Earp's brothers were wounded.
Publisher John Knight (Knight-Ridder newspaper empire) born
Norway signs a treaty of separation with Sweden. Norway chooses Prince Charles of Denmark as the new king; he becomes King Haakon VII.
Boxer Primo Carnera (Heaviest heavyweight champion [270 pounds-3/1/34]: outweighed opponent by 86 lbs.) born
Workers in St. Petersburg set up the first Russian "soviet," or council.
College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Sid Gillman born
Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (God's Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares, Move on up a Little Higher, The Lord's Prayer, I Sing Because I'm Happy) born
Musician Charlie Barnet (Cherokee, We're All Burnt Up, Where Was I?, Pompton Turnpike, I Hear a Rhapsody, Skyliners) born
Early child star Jackie Coogan. Later he played Uncle Fester on The Addams Family. born
French President Francois Mitterrand born
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran born
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Ireland, Terence McSwiney, died after a two-and-one-half-month hunger strike in a British prison cell, demanding independence for Ireland.
Singer Neal Matthews (The Jordanaires) born
Basketball player 'Hot Rod' (John) Hundley born
Actor Bob Hoskins (Hook, Brazil, The Cotton Club, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Heart Condition, Mermaids) born
The US ship "Hornet" was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War Two.
Singer Michael Piano (with the The Sandpipers Come Saturday Morning) born
Singer musician Keith Hopwood (with the group Hermits: Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter, I'm Henry the Eighth I Am) born
TV host Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune, The Pat Sajak Show) born
Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters series, Dave, Kindergarten Cop, Meatballs, Stripes) born
Attorney First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton born
Actress Jaclyn Smith (Charlie's Angels, Christine Cromwell, The Bourne Identity, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Goodbye Columbus) born
Baseball manager Cleveland Indians Mike Hargrove born
Baseball pitcher Steve Rogers born
Football player Chuck Foreman (NFC Rookie of the Year born
Singer Maggie Roche (The Roches) born
Musician Bootsy Collins born
Rock musician Keith Strickland (The B-52's) born
Actor D.W. Moffett ("For Your Love.') born
Actress Lauren Tewes (The Love Boat, Magic Kid, The China Lake Murders) born
Chevrolet introduces the V-8 engine.
International Atomic Energy Agency established.
The Russian government announces that Marshal Georgi Zhukov, the nation's most prominent military hero, has been relieved of his duties as Minister of Defense. Khrushchev accused Zhukov as promoting his own "cult of personality" and saw him as a threat to his own popularity.
Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris; the trip took eight hours and 41 minutes.
Actor Dylan McDermott ("The Practice") born
Singer Natalie Merchant born
Actress Marla Maples (Will Roger's Follies; married to Donald Trump) born
The Shah of Iran crowned himself and his Queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.
The "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers.
National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.
The experimental space shuttle "Enterprise" glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Singer Mark Barry (BBMak) born
South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot to death by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu.
In Miami, an investor who had suffered heavy stock market losses shot and killed a brokerage manager and wounded his personal broker, then turned the gun on himself.
A French pharmaceutical company, Roussel Uclaf, announced it would halt worldwide distribution of RU-486, a pill to induce abortions, because of "an outcry of opinion at home and abroad." (The French government ordered the company to reverse itself two days later.)
Washington DC attorney Paul Tagliabue was tapped by NFL team owners to be the league's new commissioner, succeeding Pete Rozelle.
William S. Paley, the founder of CBS Inc., died in New York at age 89.
Wayne Gretzky became the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points.
The State Department issued a warning that terrorists could be planning an attack on a passenger ship or aircraft.
Voters in Canada rejected a constitutional reform package known as the Charlottetown Accord. Robert C. Stempel resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors Corporation.
Deborah Gore Dean, a central figure in the Reagan-era HUD scandal, was convicted of 12 felony counts of defrauding the government, taking a payoff and lying to Congress. (Dean was later sentenced to three concurrent 21-month prison sentences; however, five of her convictions were later overturned, and Dean has requested a new trial.)
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty during a ceremony attended by President Clinton.
The House passed, 227-203, a Republican balanced-budget bill that would shrink the federal government, cut taxes and return power to the states.
The Cleveland Indians won their second game of the World Series by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in Game Five.
Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing, ending a three-month ordeal for the former security guard.
The New York Yankees won their first World Series since 1978, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-to-2 in game six.
The Florida Marlins became the youngest franchise to win the World Series with a 3-to-2 victory in the eleventh inning over the Cleveland Indians in the seventh and final game.
Chinese leader Jiang Zemin arrived in Honolulu en route to a White House summit with President Clinton.
The Education Department reported that the default rate on student loans had fallen into single digits for the first time.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin was ordered by his doctors to cancel a one-day trip to Austria so he could recuperate from high blood pressure and extreme fatigue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study which said the number of Americans considered obese soared from about one in eight in 1991 to nearly one in five in 1998.
The New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-5, to take a 3-0 lead in the World Series.
France banning Skype from universities
Japan likely to change law to allow female heirs to the throne
Italian university legislation sparks protests from students and staff
Suicide bomber strikes Israeli coastal town
Google announces new database service on blog
New Zealand Xtra broadband "unleashed"
Former South Korean president Choi Kyu-hah dies
NASA launches STEREO spacecraft
Seven British soldiers face war crimes charges
U.S. Republican Party television ad bashes Canada
Malformed chicken dies in New Zealand
Coup leader finds little proof of Thaksin's alleged corruption
Interview with Vicky Dhillon, City Council candidate for Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton, Canada
'Evidence against ISI not clinching' says Indian National Security Adviser
Oil prices reach all-time high; pass US$91.00 per barrel
FEMA employees pose as fake reporters during press conference
Canadian burglars face 355 charges
Leaked emails show UK RAF were aware of Nimrod problems prior to fatal crash
Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan
Major League Soccer Playoffs: Chicago Fire vs. DC United
ISIS says target of Israeli airstrike in Syria was a nuclear facility
Bus accident in Buffalo, New York leaves at least eight injured
India's Jet Airways posts biggest quarterly loss in three years
FBI asked to assist in murder, kidnap investigation of Jennifer Hudson's relatives
Syrian government: U.S. helicopters attack farm on Syria-Iraq border
All 2500 runners in Lake District race accounted for after flood
Scores killed by flooding in Yemen
1700 runners still unaccounted for in UK's Lake District following flood
Afghanistan prepares for presidential runoff election
Hopes for treaty on climate begin to wither
Tunisia holds presidential and parliamentary elections
Academy Award-winning film director Paul Haggis leaves Scientology
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan KaradÅ¾iÄ boycotts genocide trial
Zimbabwean police raid MDC party's offices
At least nine dead after cholera outbreak in Kenyan slum
Over 100 dead and hundreds missing in Indonesia after tsunami destroys island villages
Over 250 dead in Haiti cholera outbreak, thousands infected
Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off Indonesia coast
G20 agrees to avoid currency war, also agrees to reduce trade imbalances
Fernando Alonso wins Korean Grand Prix
Qatari leader visits Gaza