1800 – War of the Second Coalition: Battle of Hohenlinden, French General Moreau defeated the Austrian Archduke John decisively, coupled with First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte’s victory at Marengo effectively forcing the Austrians to sign an armistice and ending the war.
1838 Octavia Hill, British housing and open-space activist, was born (d. 1912).
1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist, was born (d. 1899).
1854 – Eureka Stockade: More than 20 gold miners at Ballarat were killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences.
1857 Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British writer, was born (d. 1924).
1863 The Land Confiscation law was passed allowing the confiscation (raupatu) of Maori land as punishment of those North Island tribes who were deemed to have been in rebellion against the British Crown in the early 1860s.
1912 – First Balkan War: The Naval Battle of Elli.
1917 – Quebec Bridge opened to traffic.
1927 Andy Williams, American singer, was born.
1944 – Greek Civil War: Fighting in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
1948 Ozzy Osbourne, English singer, was born.
1949 Mickey Thomas, American singer (Jefferson Starship),was born.
1951 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man), was born.
1959 – The current flag of Singapore was adopted.
1964 – Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrested over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest at the UC Regents’ decision to forbid protests on UC property.
1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).
1971 – Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Pakistan launched pre-emptive strike against India and a full scale war began.
1973 – Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
1976 – Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.
1976 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer, was born.
1976 – An assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley.
1979 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, eleven fans were suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert .
1982 – A soil sample was taken from Times Beach, Missouri that would be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.
1984 – Bhopal Disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal killed more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
1990 – At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 collided with Northwest Airlines Flight 299 on the runway, killing 7 passengers and 1 crew member aboard flight 1482.
1992 – UN Security Council Resolution 794 iwa unanimously passed, approving a coalition of United Nations peacekeepers led by the United States to form UNITAF, with the task of establishing peace and ensuring that humanitarian aid is distributed in Somalia.
1992 – The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spilt much of its cargo.
1997 – Representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines.
1999 – Six firefighters were killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire.
2005 – XCOR Aerospace made first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
2007 – Winter storms caused the Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, also closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days and casuing at least eight deaths and billions of dollars in damages.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia