1558 - The French took the French town of Thioville from the English.
1611 - English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
1772 - Slavery was outlawed in England.
1807 - British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated a second time.
1832 - J.I. Howe patented the pin machine.
1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice.
1874 - Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of
1909 - The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA.
1911 - King George V of England was crowned.
1915 - Austro-German forces occupied Lemberg on the Eastern Front
as the Russians retreat.
1925 - France and Spain agreed to join forces against Abd el Krim
1933 - Germany became a one political party country when Hitler
banned parties other than the Nazis.
1939 - The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach,
on Long Island, New York.
1940 - France and Germany signed an armistice at Compiegne, on terms
dictated by the Nazis.
1941 - Under the codename Barbarossa, Germany invaded the Soviet
1942 - A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of
the Columbia River.
1942 - In France, Pierre Laval declared "I wish for a German victory".
1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time.
1944 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of
Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.
1945 - During World War II, the battle for Okinawa officially
ended after 81 days.
1946 - Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.
1956 - The battle for Algiers began as three buildings in Casbah
were blown up.
1959 - Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling
tournament in Miami, FL.
1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller's book,
"Tropic of Cancer", could not be banned.
1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It required that the voting age in the United States to be 18.
1973 - Skylab astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific after
a record 28 days in space.
1974 - In Chicago, the Sears Tower Skydeck opened. (Willis Tower)
1978 - James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.
1980 - The Soviet Union announced a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
1989 - The government of Angola and the anti-Communist rebels of the UNITA movement agreed to a formal truce in their 14-year-old civil war.
1990 - Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin.
1992 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime
laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of
racial bias violated free-speech rights.
1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal's parole.
1998 - The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ.
1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.
2009 - Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.