Christopher Columbus first sighted the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea.
1783 John Austin, a
highwayman, was the last person to be publicly hanged at London’s Tyburn gallows.
Karl Baedeker, German author and publisher, was born.
the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheetnewspaper was founded as The Times of India, The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce.
Anchor butter was launched from a dairy factory at Pukekura, Waikato, by Henry Reynolds.
Coimbra Academic Association, the oldest students’ union in Portugal, was founded.
Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.
Poland declared its independence from Russia.
Brian Poole, English musician of The Tremeloes, was born.
Second Battle of El Alamein ended– German forces under Erwin Rommel were forced to retreat during the night.
Lulu, Scottish actress and singer, was born.
Roseanne Barr, American actress and comedian, was born.
Adam Ant, English singer, was born.
1957 The Soviet Union launched
On board is the first animal to enter orbit a dog named Sputnik 2. Laika.
NASA launched the toward Mariner 10 Mercury.
Daylight saving was reintroduced to New Zealand on a trial basis.
Dominica gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
Federated States of Micronesia gain independence from the United States of America.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.