Anselm of Bec enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop Anselm served with a writ to answer charges by the King
Louis VII [Coeur-de-Lion], King of France(1223-26) born
Philips van Zwaben Hohenstaufen crowned king of Roman Catholic Germany
Coronation of Pope John XXII
Pedro IV, king of Aragon born
William Cecil appoints himself English minister of foreign affairs
Tommasso Campanella, Italian philosopher and poet, who wrote City of the Sun. born
Death of Peter Bruegel, painter
Dutch fleet commander Cornelis de Houtman taken hostage in Java
Composer Loreto Vittori born
A hurricane sinks the Spanish treasure ship "Atocha"
Richelieu becomes cardinal
Louis XIV, "The Sun King" of France who built the palace at Versailles. (1643-1715) born
Queen Anne (of Austria) gives birth after 23 years of marriage to the King of France, to an heir to the throne: Louis XIV, "the Sun King"
French superintendant of Finance Nicolas Fouquet arrested
After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrenders to the British, who will rename it New York.
German theologist, historian and songwriter Gottfried Arnold. born
Last 3 women executed for witchcraft in England
Dutch poet Lukas Fencer Fight of Kings & Mice) born
Composer Frantisek Antonin Mica born
Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
French King Louis XV marries Polish princess Mary Lesczynski
Composer Jean-Benjamin de La Borde born
Johann Sebastian Bach's youngest son, Johann Christian, was born in Leipzig. By the time he was 30, he was John Bach, the English Bach. Soon, John Bach was more important to the British musical scene than either William Boyce or Thomas Arne. born
Scottish poet Robert Fergusson(Scots poems) born
German poet, translator and critic, August Wilhelm Schlegel born
The first Continental Congress convened in secret in Philadelphia.
Robespierre is elected to the National Convention in France.
In a daring night raid, American sailors under Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, board the captured USS Philadelphia and burn the ship to keep it out of the hands of the Barbary pirates who captured her.
Louis XVIII of France dissolves the chamber of deputies, which has been challenging his authority.
Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.
Iron ore discovered in Minnesota's Mesabi Mountains
Outlaw Jesse Woodson James born
Harriot E. Wilson's "Our Nig," is published, the first U.S. novel by an African American woman.
The first shipment of cattle leaves Abilene, Kansas, on a Union Pacific train headed to Chicago.
The great Sioux warrior Crazy Horse is fatally bayoneted at age 36 by a soldier at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman and Clay Allison, four of the West's most famous gunmen, meet in Dodge City, Kansas.
10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City.
1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Jake Gumper of Ft. Wayne, Indiana).
Marketing research engineer A.C. Nielsen (founder of A.C. Nielsen Co.: radio and TV audience surveys) born
Hollywood producer & motion picture executive Darryl F. Zanuck. born
Arthur Koestler, Hungarian novelist and essayist who wrote about communism in Darkness at Noon and The Ghost in the Machine. born
The Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed in New Hampshire.
Marie Curie demonstrates the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.
Inventive composer, writer, philosopher, and artist John Cage born
Serge Prokofiev was the soloist in the premiere of his own Second Piano Concerto. A critic in the St. Petersburg Gazette complained, quote, "My CAT can play like that!" Even today that's not one of Prokofiev's more popular concertos.
The First Battle of the Marne began during World War One.
The president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti. born
Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker born
Comedian-actor Bob Newhart born
Actor William Devane born
The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War Two.
Actress Raquel Welch (some sources say 1942) born
Germany launches its first V-2 missile at Paris, France.
Actor-director Dennis Dugan born
Singer Loudon Wainwright the Third born
"Cathy" cartoonist Cathy Guisewite born
Country musician Jamie Oldaker (The Tractors) born
Johnny Cash hit the record charts running, with "I Walk The Line". Cash's debut hit song climbed to number 17 on the pop music charts.
"On the Road," by "beat" author Jack Kerouac, was first published.
Martin Luther King is arrested in an Alabama protest for loitering and fined $14 for refusing to obey police.
Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky, won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay would later change his name to Muhammad Ali and become one of the great boxing champions in the world.
Leopold Sedar Sengingor, poet and politician, is elected president of Senegal, Africa.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Terry Ellis (En Vogue) born
Rock musician Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) born
TV personality Dweezil Zappa born
Terror struck the Munich Olympic games in West Germany as Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation. Eleven Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the siege.
Actress Rose McGowan ("Scream") born
President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, California.
West German industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer was kidnapped in Cologne by members of the Baader-Meinhof gang. (Schleyer was later killed by his captors.)
The US launched the "Voyager One" spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, "Voyager Two."
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Beginand President Carter began a Middle East peace conference at Camp David in the Maryland mountains.
An All-American from UCLA, Ann Meyers, became the first female to sign a contract with the NBA. She was cut after one week at training camp. She and baseball Hall-of-Famer Don Drysdale were later married.
In a broadcast address, President Reagan denounced the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 with 269 people aboard, and demanded the Soviets pay reparations.
The space shuttle Discovery completed its maiden flight as it landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Violence continued near Cape Town, South Africa, where rioting against white-minority rule had spilled into white neighborhoods for the first time.
Actor Andrew Ducote ("Dave's World") born
Twenty-one people were killed and dozens wounded after four hijackers who had seized a Pan Am jumbo jet in Karachi, Pakistan, opened fire when the lights inside the plane failed.
After 30 years on television, "American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, was canceled.
Some four dozen people were killed in an Israeli air raid on targets near the southern Lebanese port town of Sidon.
In his weekly radio address, President Reagan urged American workers to shun protectionist legislation and "meet the competition head-on."
On the campaign trail, Republican George Bush continued to link his opponent with "the liberal left," while Democrat Michael Dukakis charged that under a GOP administration, "the rich have become richer, the poor have gotten poorer."
In his first nationally broadcast address from the White House, President Bush outlined a plan to fight illicit drugs, which he called the "quicksand of our entire society.""
Tennis star Chris Evert retired from professional tennis after a successful 19-year career. She stepped down after losing to Zina Garrison, 7-6, 6-2 in the U.S. Open.
In Moscow, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged Arabs to rise up in a Holy War against the West and former allies who had turned against him.
Jury selection began in Miami in the drug and racketeering trial of former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega.
In Moscow, Soviet lawmakers approved the creation of an interim government to usher in a new confederation.
A strike that had idled nearly 43,000 General Motors Corporation workers ended as members of a United Auto Workers local in Lordstown, Ohio, approved a new agreement.
Seven Nigerian soldiers were killed in a militia ambush in Somalia as they went to the aid of other UN peacekeepers surrounded by a stone-throwing mob.
A U.N.-sponsored population conference opened in Egypt, with Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland lashing out at the Vatican and Muslim fundamentalists by defending abortion rights and sex education.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing the United Nations-sponsored Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, declared it was "time to break the silence" about the abuse of women.
O.J. Simpson jurors heard testimony that police detective Mark Fuhrman had uttered a racist slur, and advocated the killing of blacks.
France ended its three-year moratorium on nuclear tests, setting off an underground blast on a South Pacific atoll.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin acknowledged he had serious health problems, and would undergo heart surgery.
Hurricane "Fran" slammed into the Carolinas.
Conductor Sir Georg Solti died in France at age 84.
Eleven Israeli soldiers were killed during a commando raid into Lebanon.
Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India, at age 87.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana's death, calling her "a remarkable person" in a televised address.
Relatives of the 229 people who died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111 sent wreaths into the sea off Nova Scotia.
The Million Youth March in New York City ended with a clash between police and the crowd.
President Clinton appealed to the people of Ireland never to allow "the enemies of peace to break your will" as he wrapped up a three-day visit.
Hundreds of Islamic insurgents launched a new offensive in southern Russia, hours after a bomb smashed a building housing Russian military families; the blast was the first of four apartment building explosions blamed by Russian officials on Chechen rebels that killed a total of about 300 people.
The Houston Comets won their third straight WNBA championship, beating the New York Liberty, 59-47.
"Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 84.
Australian Health minister makes inappropriate comments about Brogden suicide attempt
Jetliner crashes in Indonesia
Brazilian Vote Buying parliamentary commission present first joint preliminary report
Court rules in favour of record labels, Kazaa found illegal
Islamic political party seeks registration in Australia
Second Paris fire kills 16 in 18-story building
Canada increases oil production to assist U.S.
7 British paratroopers accused of murder begin trial
U.S. classifies record number of documents in 2004
Japan weathers Typhoon Nabi
China, EU reach deal on textile import
At least 200 New Orleans police officers quit force
11 Japanese hospitals receive bomb threats
President Bush nominates John Roberts as Chief Justice of the U.S.
Green Beret tech blogs up-close and personal from New Orleans
Vladimir Putin dismisses head of Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov
Tsunami nations give relief advice to U.S.
New Zealand woman survives being run over by train
Smart-1 probe ends mission with planned crash into the Moon
Violence continues in Baghdad, suspected al-Quaeda leader arrested
Liberal leadership hopeful Ken Dryden outlines vision for Canada
President of Iran warns universities to stay out of politics
Pentagon report to Congress mentions "conditions that could lead to civil war" in Iraq
Toy maker Mattel recalls more products
New Zealand's anti-spam legislation kicks in â€“ exclusive report
Apple announces new iPod range
German police arrest three in imminent terrorist plot
Ohio congressman dies in apartment
Search for Steve Fossett continues
Felix leaves at least 21 dead in Nicaragua
Proton rocket fails during launch of JCSAT-11 satellite
Forensic results forthcoming in Madeleine McCann case
Source of UK foot-and-mouth outbreak discovered
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Rhode Island
British student walks free, after putting feet on trainseat
Opera singer Pavarotti in serious condition
FOX News fares poorly in investigation of media edits to Wikipedia
Cricket: India defeat England in sixth one-day international
Record number of viewers watched McCain's acceptance speech
Much of UK placed on flood alert by Met Office
FranÃ§oise Demulder, French war photographer, dies age 61
Ex-US soldier sentenced to life in prison for Iraqi teen rape, four murders
Renault charged with Formula One race fixing
Torrential downpours cause significant flooding in northeastern Scotland
Sophie Reade wins UK's Big Brother series 10
Amazon dips into memory hole to retrieve Orwellian works
At least 15 die after boat sinks in Macedonian lake
Australian rules football: Victorian Football League to be broadcast live around Australia in HD
Two dead after two light aircraft crash in Isle of Wight, England
Four British energy suppliers face investigation into claims of misselling
WikiLeaks: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati sent jet to collect shoes
Proms performance by Israel Philharmonic Orchestra disrupted
Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes Costa Rican coast, tsunami warnings issued
Gliders move into the medal round with victory over Mexico
Release and pardon of killer jeopardises Armenia-Azerbaijan ceasefire
Brazil defeats China in 5-a-side football in group play at London Paralympics
Hungarian Richard Osvath defeats Damien Tokatlian of France for wheelchair fencing bronze
Effect of sanctions 'like war' says Iran's Ahmadinejad
Poland's Makowska takes category B wheelchair fencing bronze at the London Paralympics
Frenchman takes bronze in wheelchair fencing individual foil category B at London Paralympics
Hungarian Zsuzsanna Krajnyak defeats compatriot Veronika Juhasz, taking wheelchair fencing bronze
Internet hackers attack Al-Jazeera website, condemn news service's Syrian civil war coverage
Greece defeats Portugal in boccia match at London Paralympics