62 Claudia Octavia was executed.
68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, after quoting Homer’s Iliad..
721 Odo of Aquitaine defeated the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.
1534 Jacques Cartier was the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River.
1595 King Wladislaus IV of Poland, was born (d. 1648).
1650 The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, was established, the first legal corporation in the Americas.
1667 The Raid on the Medway by the Dutch fleet began.
1732 James Oglethorpe was granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia.
1772 The British ship Gaspee was burned off the coast of Rhode Island.
1781 George Stephenson, English mechanical engineer, was born (d. 1848).
1815 End of the Congress of Vienna.
1863 American Civil War: the Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.
1868 – Titokowaru’s war began with the killing of three settlers near Ketemarae, north of Hāwera, by Ngā Ruahine warriors acting on the orders of the spiritual leader Titokowaru.
1873 Alexandra Palace burned down after being open for only 16 days.
1885 A peace treaty was signed to end the Sino-French War.
1891 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist, was born (d. 1964).
1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old became the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco.
1915 William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States’ handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
1922 First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University.
1923 Bulgaria‘s military took over the government in a coup.
1941 Jon Lord, English musician (Deep Purple), was born.
1944 World War II: 99 civilians were hung from lampposts and balconies by German troops in Tulle in reprisal for maquisards attacks.
1944 World War II: the Soviet Union invaded East Karelia and the previously Finnish part of Karelia, occupied by Finland since 1941.
1946 King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne of Thailand. He is currently the world’s longest reigning monarch.
1953 Flint-Worcester tornado outbreak sequence: a tornado spawned from the same storm system as the Flint tornado hit in Worcester, Massachusetts killing 94.
1954 Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashed out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism had infiltrated the Army – giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
1956 Patricia Cornwell, American author, was born.
1957 First ascent of Broad Peak (the world’s 12th highest mountain).
1958 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport.
1959 The USS George Washington was launched, the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
1961 Michael J. Fox, Canadian-born actor, was born.
1968 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1978 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its priesthood to “all worthy men”, ending a 148-year-old policy excluding black men.
1979 The Ghost Train Fire at Luna Park, North Sydney, killed seven.
1985 Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon.
1999 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
2008 Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia