66 Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica.
1236 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule.
1499 Treaty of Basel: Switzerland became an independent state.
1515 Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII, was born (d. 1557).
1586 Battle of Zutphen: Spanish victory over English and Dutch.
1598 Ben Jonson was indicted for manslaughter.
1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft in the United States.
1784 Russia established a colony at Kodiak, Alaska.
1789 Battle of Rymnik established Alexander Suvorov as a pre-eminent Russian military commander after his allied army defeat superior Ottoman Empire forces.
1862 Slavery in the United States: a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation was released.
1866 Battle of Curupaity in the War of the Triple Alliance.
1869 Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.
1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, was born (d. 1958).
1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1951).
1885 Lord Randolph Churchill made a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. “Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right”.
1888 The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.
1893 The first American-made car, built by the Duryea Brothers, was displayed.
1896 Queen Victoria surpassed her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.
1906 At a meeting held in Wellington, Marianne Tasker attempted to establish a domestic workers’ union. Central to their demands was the call for a 68-hour working week.
1908 The independence of Bulgaria was proclaimed.
1910 The Duke of York’s Picture House opened in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain.
1915 Arthur Lowe, British actor, was born (d. 1982).
1919 The steel strike of 1919, led by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, began in Pennsylvania.
1924 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist, was born.
1927 Jack Dempsey lost the “Long Count” boxing match to Gene Tunney.
1931 – United Party Prime Minister Forbes informed an inter-party conference that a coalition government was needed to ‘share the responsibility’ of dealing with the Depression.
1934 An explosion at Gresford Colliery in Wales, lead to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers.
1937 Spanish Civil War: Peña Blanca was taken; the end of the Battle of El Mazuco.
1939 Joint victory parade of Wehrmacht and Red Army in Brest-Litovsk at the end of the Invasion of Poland.
1941 World War II: On Jewish New Year Day, the German SS murdered 6,000 Jews in Vinnytsya, Ukraine.
1951 The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, was televised on NBC.
1955 The British television channel ITV went live for the first time.
1958 Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor, was born.
1960 The Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali after the withdrawal of Senegal from the Mali Federation.
1965 The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (also known as the Second Kashmir War) ended after the UN called for a cease-fire.
1970 Tunku Abdul Rahman resigned as Prime Minister of Malaysia.
1971 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, was born.
1980 Iraq invaded Iran.
1985 The Plaza Accord was signed in New York City.
1991 The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library.
1993 A barge struck a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama, causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history. 47 passengers were killed.
1993 A Transair Georgian Airlines Tu-154 was shot down by a missile in Sukhumi, Georgia.
1995 An E-3B AWACS crashed outside Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska after multiple bird strikes to two of the four engines soon after takeoff; all 24 on board were killed.
1995 Nagerkovil school bombing, carried out by Sri Lankan Air Force in which at least 34 died, most of them ethnic Tamil school children.
2003 David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
2011 – CERN scientists announced their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia