Germanic tribes defeat Romans at battle of Arausio
Death of Charles "the Bald," King of France; Louis "the Stammerer" succeeds him
Election of Formosus as Pope
The Byzantine Emperor Basil earns the title "Slayer of Bulgers" after he orders the blinding of 15,000 Bulgerian troops.
Dedication of the Cathedral of St. Peter, Petersborough, England
Dr. John Key (John Caius) born
William Tyndale, the English translator of the New Testament, is strangled and burned at the stake for heresy at Vilvorde, France. His last words were "O Lord, open the King of England's eyes."
"Euridice," the oldest extant opera, first performed
Thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in present-day Philadelphia to begin Germantown, one of America's oldest settlements. They were the first German-Protestant Mennonites in America, invited by William Penn.
Captain Cooke landed on the coast of New Zealand.
Napoleon Bonaparte imposes a new constitution on Holland.
Jenny Lind, "the Swedish Nightingale," was born in Stockholm. born
Inventor and manufacturer George Westinghouse born
Charlotte Bront's Jane Eyre was published.
Antioch College opened in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was the first nonsectarian school to offer equal opportunity for both men and women.
The Reno brothers--Frank, John, Simeon and William--commit the country's first train robbery near Seymore, In., netting $10,000.
The Polish composer Karol Szymanowski was born. Szymanowski's music is tonal but very chromatic, something like Richard Strauss with a little Scriabin thrown in. born
The Naval War College was established in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Swiss architect Le Courbousier - possibly the most influential city planner of the 20th century. born
The Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to the public.
Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture
Charles Stewart Parnell, the "Uncrowned King of Ireland," died in Brighton, England.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson died
Southern novelist Caroline Gordon born
Tennis champion Helen Wills Moody born
Actress Carol Lombard (Alice Peters) born
Mark Twain's daughter, an operatic soprano, married a Russian-born conductor. You will recall that it was Mark Twain who wrote that Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian entomologist and adventurer whose Kon-Tiki expedition established the possibility that Polynesians may have originated in South America born
Hiroshi H. Miyamura born in Gallup, New Mexico. Corporal Miyamura was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions near Taejon-ni, Korea, April 24 and April 25, 1951. For more than two years his Medal of Honor was a tightly guarded secret (the first Medal of Honor was classified Top Secret by the military) because Corporal Miyamura was captured by the North Koreans and held as a prisoner of war. It was feared that if his captors knew of his status as a Medal of Honor winner, he would be singled out for torture and death. Following his release on 20 August 1953, he was repatriated to the United States and was honorably discharged from the Army shortly thereafter. His medal was presented to him by President Eisenhower in October of 1953 at the White House.
Author-journalist Shana Alexander born
The era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, a movie which featured both silent and sound-synchronized scenes.
The president of Syria, Hafez Assad born
In an address to the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler denied having any intention of war against France and Britain.
German troops renew their offensive against Moscow.
Actress Britt Ekland born
Impressionist Fred Travalena born
American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to ten years in prison and fined ten-thousand dollars.
Singer-musician Thomas McClary born
Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) born
Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) born
Singer Matthew Sweet born
Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African-American U.S. ambassador.
Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin.
Rapper Kitty (B-Rock and the Bizz) born
War erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.
In his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Ford asserted there was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe." (Ford later conceded he'd misspoken.)
Pope John Paul the Second, on a week-long US tour, became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Carter.
Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo by Islamic fundamentalists while reviewing a military parade.. He is succeeded by Vice President Hosni Mubarak.
Cardinal Terence Cooke, the spiritual head of the Archdiocese of New York, died at age 62.
A crippled Soviet nuclear submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 1,200 miles east of New York, three days after a fire and explosion that the Soviets said had killed three crew members.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted nine-to-five against the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, and both supporters and opponents predicted rejection by the full Senate.
General Augusto Pinochet, the president of Chile, conceded defeat in a referendum held the day before to determine whether he should receive a new eight-year term of office. Pinochet, however, stayed president until his term ran out in 1990.
Two Swiss Red Cross workers were kidnapped by terrorists in Lebanon.
Actress Bette Davis died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at age 81.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev joined in festivities in East Berlin marking the 40th anniversary of East Germany, a celebration marred by the recent emigration of thousands of refugees to the West.
President Bush vetoed stopgap spending legislation passed by Congress following the collapse of a deficit-reducing budget agreement.
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off on a four-day mission.
Reports surfaced that a former personal assistant to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, had accused Thomas of sexually harassing her.
Cable News Network obtained and aired a videotape made in Beirut, Lebanon, of American hostage Terry Anderson, who quoted his captors as saying they would have "very good news."
Elizabeth Taylor married for the 8th time. She wed construction worker Larry Fortensky, whom she met in 1988 in the Betty Ford Center. She was married at the Michael Jackson estate.
For the first time since formally entering the presidential race, Ross Perot appeared in a paid, 30-minute broadcast on CBS-TV in which he appealed for Americans to join his independent bid.
The UN Security Council voted unanimously to establish a war crimes commission for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
President Bush appointed Mary Fisher to the National Commission on AIDS, replacing Magic Johnson.
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announced his retirement. (Jordan attempted a minor-league baseball career, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in March 1995.)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat held their first official meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to begin work on realizing terms of the Israeli-PLO accord.
In an address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, South African President Nelson Mandela warned against the lure of isolationism, saying the post-Cold War focus of the United States should be on eliminating tyranny, instability and poverty.
Boeing Company's largest group of union workers went on a 69-day strike after voting down a new three-year contract offer.
President Clinton delivered an address in which he defended his stewardship of U.S. foreign policy and spoke out against what he said was a spreading mood of isolationism.
President Clinton and Bob Dole clashed vigorously over taxes, trustworthiness and spending priorities in a prime-time debate in Hartford, Connecticut.
In a blow to both Democrats and Republicans, President Clinton used his line-item veto to kill 38 military construction projects.
The space shuttle "Atlantis" returned to Earth, bringing home American astronaut Michael Foale after a tumultuous four and a-half months aboard "Mir."
American biology professor Stanley B. Prusiner won the Nobel Prize for medicine for discovering "prions," described as "an entirely new genre of disease-causing agents."
With a House vote set on launching an open-ended impeachment inquiry, Democrats rushed to counter Republican plans while still underscoring their disapproval of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
In Mexico, furious rains sent swollen rivers raging through the streets of the Gulf coast city of Villahermosa and caused mudslides; dozens of deaths were reported in eastern Mexico's coastal mountain ranges.
The NFL awarded its newest franchise to Houston instead of Los Angeles, leaving the second-largest TV market in the nation without a football team.
Romania to host Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006
French parliamentarian questions Jacques Chirac's ElysÃ©e budget
Australia's High Court rules mod-chips are legal
Democrat staffers obtained Maryland lt. governor's credit report illegally
Threat on New York City subway system heightens security alert level
Explosion at Point Comfort plastics plant
IRA assets worth 30 million pounds investigated
US Senate approves rules regulating detainee treatment
Fujimori intends to run for Peruvian presidency
Romanian president to hold referendum on unicameral parliament
Five soldiers killed in Southern Thailand
Sri Lanka blast injures one
Twenty killed in Lake George USA boating accident
Haze in South East Asia worsens
Mass grave with 51 bodies from the Nazi era found in Germany
Plant explosion in Apex, North Carolina
Six Power Meetings confirmed on Iran's nuclear crisis
Clint Brown, TV3 presenter, gives "unsatisfactory" letter of apology
Interview with Curtis Grant, Regional Council candidate for Wards 2 & 6 in Brampton, Canada
Vatican considering abolishing limbo
Canada's PM gets award for public service in Calgary
Small hole found in Space Shuttle Atlantis
Wrong flag causes diplomatic faux pas in Poland
Same-sex marriage ban upheld in California
Jack Straw, Leader of the British House of Commons urges Muslim women to drop full veil
Security Council set to adopt non-binding text on N. Korea
Rugby World Cup: Australia 10 - 12 England
African burial ground in New York City dedicated as National Monument
Sam's Club recalls beef patties nationwide following reported illnesses
New York City homeless man allegedly torched by teenagers
2007/08 FA Premier League: Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic
President Bush defends U.S. interrogation tactics
Dozens killed in Congo plane crash, transport minister fired
US scientist says he created first 'artificial life form'
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand 18 - 20 France
New Zealand Marilyn Manson concert evacuated due to fire scare
Darfur rebels threaten to pull out of peace talks
Registered sex offender arrested for luring MySpace teenager to meeting
RuPaul speaks about society and the state of drag as performance art
Worldwide markets fall precipitously
UK government to spy on phone, email, browsing, of entire population
UN offices in Pakistan hit by suicide bomber
Nine killed by car bomb in Iraq, 31 injured
Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in Uganda
Chilean court jails ex-army officers for murdering witness in Croatian arms deal
Tropical Storm Henri forms in the Atlantic
Istanbul to host IMF meetings
Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" wins Man Booker Prize 2009
Former Costa Rican president sentenced to jail on charges of corruption
Typhoon Melor on path towards Japan
Plane crash in the Bahamas kills eight
Remaining Expedition 25 crew to launch to International Space Station
Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs dies aged 56