1456 A retrial verdict acquitted Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
1534 European colonization of the Americas: first known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in New Brunswick.
1543 French troops invaded Luxembourg.
1575 Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland.
1585 Treaty of Nemours abolished tolerance to Protestants in France.
1770 The Battle of Larga.
1777 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton.
1798 Quasi-War: the U.S. Congress rescinded treaties with France sparking the “war”.
1799 Ranjit Singh‘s men took up their positions outside Lahore.
1807 Napoleonic Wars: Peace of Tilsit between France, Prussia and Russia ended the Fourth Coalition.
1846 Mexican-American War: American troops occupied Monterey and Yerba Buena (now San Francisco), beginning the United States conquest of California.
1851 Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer, was born (d. 1933).
1860 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer, was born (d. 1911).
1863 United States began first military draft; exemptions cost $300.
1892 Katipunan: the Revolutionary Philippine Brotherhood was established leading to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia.
1898 President William McKinley signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
1915 Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander, African-American novelist and poet, was born (d. 1998).
1915 World War I: end of First Battle of the Isonzo.
1916 The NZ Labour Party was founded.
1917 Russian Revolution: Prince Georgy Yevgenyevich Lvov formed a Provisional Government in Russia after the deposing of the Tsar Nicholas II.
1919 Jon Pertwee, English actor, was born (d. 1996).
1922 Pierre Cardin, French fashion designer, was born.
1924 Arthur Porritt won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 100m at the Olympic Games (portrayed as Tom Watson in the film Chariots of Fire).
1924 Mary Ford, American singer, was born (d. 1977).
1927 Doc Severinsen, American composer and musician, was born.
1928 Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.
1933 Sir Murray Halberg, New Zealand runner, was born.
1937 Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge – Japanese forces invaded Beijing.
1940 Ringo Starr, English drummer and singer (The Beatles), was born.
1941 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist, was born.
1941 World War II: U.S. forces landed in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany.
1941 World War II: Beirut was occupied by Free France and British troops.
1942 Carmen Duncan, Australian actress, was born.
1946 Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American to be canonized.
1947 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal, was born.
1947 Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident.
1953 Che Guevara set out on a trip through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador.
1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law.
1959 Venus occultes the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere.
1967 Beginning of the civil war in Biafra.
1969 In Canada, the Official Languages Act was adopted making French equal to English throughout the Federal government.
1974 West Germany won the FIFA World Cup, beating Netherlands 2-1 in the Final.
1978 The Solomon Islands became independent from the United Kingdom.
1980 Institution of sharia in Iran.
1980 The Safra massacre in Lebanon.
1991 Yugoslav Wars: the Brioni Agreement ended the ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
2002 News reports accused MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
2005 A series of four explosions on London’s transport system killed 56 people, including four alleged suicide bombers and injured over 700 others.
2011 – The roof of a stand in De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede which was under construction collapsed, one killed and 14 injured.
2012 – At least 171 people were killed in a flash flood in the Krasnodar Krai region of Russia.
2013 – A De Havilland Otter air taxi crashed in Soldotna, Alaska, killing 10 people.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia