Death of al-Amin ibn Harun al-Rashid
Saxon King Harold defeated the Norwegians at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
England recognizes Llywelyn and his heirs as Kings of Wales, and recognizes the borders of their territories
Death of St. Sergius of Radonezh
The last great Christian crusade, led jointly by John the Fearless of Nevers and King Sigismund of Hungary, ends in disaster at the hands of Sultan Bajazet I's Ottoman army at Nicopolis.
Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
Death of Philip I "the Fair," King of Spain
Spanish explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and became the first known European to see the Pacific Ocean.
In Sweden, King Sigismund is defeated at Stangebro by his Uncle Charles.
Ole Rmer, Danish astronomer who proved that speed of light is finite born
Imre Thkly, Hungarian patriot born
The first American newspaper, called "Public Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic," appeared in Boston. Issuing form the London Coffee House, it was a four-fold sheet but with only three pages of print and no advertisements. Harris promised more issues if there were a "glut of occurrences." Harris' journalistic endeavors were brought to an end because his publication made too many injudicious remarks against Massachusetts Governor Simon Bradstreet.
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, designed & built 1st automobile. born
American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal.
The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)
On this election day in American voters cast separate votes for presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Previously, the runner-up in the presidential race was named vice-president.
The first blood transfusion using human blood (instead of animal blood) was done in London at Guy's Hospital.
American General Zachary Taylor's forces capture Monterrey, Mexico.
Vinnie Ream, who sculpted President Abraham Lincoln from life shortly before he was slain. born
Johann Strauss the Elder died after catching scarlet fever from the daughter of his live-in lover. She immediately moved out and fled, apparently worried that she might be blamed for his death. Johann Strauss the Younger took over the family dance band business.
The National Bank of Concord, Massachusetts, was robbed of $310,000, the first significant bank robbery in American history. Langdon W. Moore was said to have perpetrated it.
Nadia von Meck wrote Tchaikovsky that she could no longer afford to send him the checks that he was living on.
Congress establishes Yosemite National Park.
Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued a Manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
Novelist William Faulkner in New Albany, Mississippi. His books were mostly set in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. His works include The Sound and The Fury and Intruder in the Dust born
American painter Mark Rothko born
Sports columnist Walter "Red" Smith born
Soviet composer Dimitri Shostakovich. He wrote 15 symphonies born
The first National Aeronautic Show opens at Madison Square Garden.
An allied offensive is launched in France against the German Army.
Brazil declares war on Austria.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Phil Rizzuto born
Alabama governor George Wallace. born
President Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, Colorado, during a national speaking tour in support of the Treaty of Versailles.
Conductor Sir Colin Davies born
ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters born
Glenn Gould, concert pianist best known for his Bach interpretations born
The public is shown the Shroud of Turin for the first time in 400 years.
Country singer Ian Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) born
Country singer Royce Kendall (The Kendalls) born
German Chancellor Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Premier Benito Mussolini in Munich.
President Franklin Roosevelt urges negotiations between Hitler and Czech President Benes over the Sudetenland.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jesse Russell (The Persuasions) born
The War Labor Board orders equal pay for women in the United States.
The Red Army retakes Smolensk from the Germans who are retreating to the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
Actor-producer Michael Douglas born
Actor-director Anson Williams born
Actress Mimi Kennedy born
Actor Christopher Reeve born
François Duvalier ("Papa Doc") was elected president of Haiti.
Elvis Presley's second single, "Good Rockin' Tonight," was released. That night, Presley made what would be his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry -- after which he was advised to go back to truck driving.
With 300 US Army troops standing guard, nine black children forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class.
Actor Michael Madsen born
President Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Khrushchev begin Camp David talks.
Actress Heather Locklear born
John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
to become the new world heavyweight champion
Basketball player Scottie Pippen born
Muhamnmad Ali defeated Sonny Liston one minute into the rematch, but ther World Boxing Association did not recognizxe Ali as champion because of his political views.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones born
Actress Bridgette Wilson born
Scientists warn that continued use of aerosol sprays will cause ozone depletion, which will lead to increased risk of skin cancer and global weather changes. This remains a widespred belief but it is still an unproved theory.
144 people were killed when a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 and a Cessna private plane collided over San Diego.
The musical "Evita" opened on Broadway.
alcohol overdose. He was 33. His death precipitated the break-up of Led Zeppelin.
Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the US Supreme Court.
Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze met again in New York to discuss the cases of Nicholas Daniloff and Gennadiy Zakharov, who were accused of spying in the Soviet Union and the United States, respectively.
The Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Judge William S. Sessions to be the new director of the FBI.
Former "first brother" Billy Carter died in Plains, Georgia, at age 51.
Florence Griffith Joyner won the women's 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics.
Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis clashed over deficits, drugs and the Pledge of Allegiance in their first presidential debate.
In a videotaped message to Americans, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein warned that if President Bush launched a war against his country, "it would not be up to him to end it."
The UN Security Council voted 14-1 to impose an air embargo against Iraq. (Cuba cast the lone dissenting vote.)
The U.N. Security Council unanimously ordered a worldwide arms embargo against Yugoslavia and all its warring factions.
A national commission faulted the government for a lack of leadership in the fight against AIDS.
Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie died in Lyon, France, at age 77.
A judge in Orlando, Florida, ruled in favor of Gregory Kingsley, a 12-year-old boy seeking a "divorce" from his biological parents.
The Mars Observer blasted off on a $980 million mission to the Red Planet (the probe disappeared just before entering Martian orbit in August 1993).
Three US soldiers in Somalia were killed when their helicopter was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Ross Perot announced he would form a new Independence Party that would field its own White House candidate and would try to be the swing vote in congressional races.
Stone-throwing protests by thousands of Palestinians angered by Israel's decision to open an archaeological tunnel near Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound led to battles with Israeli troops in which seven people died.
President Clinton pulled open the door of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, as he welcomed nine blacks who'd faced hate-filled mobs 40 years earlier.
The NBC prime-time drama "E-R" did its season premiere live for the Eastern United States, then repeated the performance live for the West Coast.
The FBI released more of its secret files on John Lennon's anti-war activities. The files had been sought by University of California professor Jon Wiener.
Sportscaster Marv Albert ended his trial in Arlington, Virginia, by pleading guilty to assault and battery charges; within hours, NBC fired him.
Hurricane "Georges" raked the Florida Keys with sheets of rain and 105 mile-an-hour winds, but spared Florida the kind of devastation seen across the Caribbean.
Mark McGwire hit his 66th home run, just 45 minutes after Sammy Sosa hit his 66th homer of the season.
Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley squared off in back-to-back speeches to the Democratic National Committee as each sought support for his 2000 presidential campaign.
Hasegawa retains Bantamweight title
Three detained for Thai marine deaths
Switzerland citizens vote on extending freedom rights from 15 to 25 European countries
UK mobile provider begins TV-on-phone trial
Polish parliamentary election - unofficial results
Switzerland citizens vote Yes to freedom of circulation to new EU states
Google Toolbar for Firefox now out of beta
Gay teachers' status uncertain after Polish election
Church of Scientology does not see humor in website dedicated to Tom Cruise
Controversy over effects of new bankruptcy law on victims of Katrina
New Zealand government denies financial assistance for Overlander
Kurt Angle signs with TNA Wrestling
Clinton calls Fox interview "conservative hitjob"
India nominates "Rang De Basanti" for the Oscars
Jimmy Wales: First draft of new version of GFDL license expected soon
Virgin Rail train collides with car near Copmanthorpe, killing driver
Interview with U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo
Iranian President Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia University
John Howard announces $560 million for medical research
Gay World Cup begins in Buenos Aires
Canadian soldier killed in southern Afghanistan
Volcano erupts without warning in New Zealand, two injured
John Howard sets green energy targets
Protests mark Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University
Flights around the US disrupted because of equipment failure
Transport for London wins first Anti-Social Behaviour Order against graffiti vandal
Judge rules stem cell proposal to remain on New Jersey ballot
Aid for Australian farmers increased to $1 billion
FBI begins widespread financial probe of 26 firms
Nine children abandoned at hospital emergency room in Nebraska, USA
CanadaVOTES: NDP incumbent Wayne Marston running in Hamilton EastâStoney Creek
Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky gives birth to baby boy
Voluntary sterilization of poor women proposed by Louisiana state legislator
Pakistani, United States troops in gun battle
Bush addresses nation on economic crisis; Congress debates bailout
Incomplete data may mislead doctors into overprescribing expensive medicines
UN inspectors banned from North Korean nuclear facility
New study claims Stonehenge was a place of healing
Airliner crash wounds four in Durban, South Africa
Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia of attacks
Vienna mayor criticises cancellation of Michael Jackson tribute concert
Manson Family killer Susan Atkins dies in prison
'Last Ottoman' dies at age 97
Iran announces its building of a second nuclear power plant
Renault's F1 sponsors quit as Grosjean crashes on same corner as Piquet
MMS comes to American iPhones
Collingwood and St. Kilda draw AFL Grand Final
Slovenian cyclist Jure RobiÄ dies in traffic accident aged 45
Unlicensed London taxi driver jailed for raping passenger
Saudi Arabian women gain right to vote, run in elections
Nepal plane crash kills 19