473 – Gundobad (nephew of Ricimer) nominated Glycerius as emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1284 The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England.
1575 Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeated Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
1585 The Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, was inaugurated in Vicenza.
1776 The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps began the Battle of Nassau.
1803 Colégio Militar was founded in Portugal by Colonel Teixeira Rebello.
1805 Jonas Furrer, first President of the Swiss Confederation, was born (d. 1861).
1820 The U.S. Congress passed the Missouri Compromise.
1831 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist, was born (d. 1897).
1845 – For the first time the U.S. Congress passed legislation overriding a presidential veto.
1847 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian inventor, was born (d. 1922).
1849 – The U.S. Congress passed the Gold Coinage Act allowing the minting of gold coins.
1857 Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declared war on China.
1865 – Opening of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group.
1873 The U.S. Congress enacted the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.
1875 Georges Bizet‘s opera Carmen received its première at the Opéra Comique of Paris.
1875 – The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey was played in Montreal.
1878 Bulgaria regained its independence from Ottoman Empire under the Treaty of San Stefano.
1879 The United States Geological Survey was created.
1882 Charles Ponzi, Italian fraud convict, was born (d. 1949).
1885 The American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York.
1893 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramicist, was born (d. 1998).
1904 Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany became the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison‘s cylinder.
1905 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia agreed to create an elected assembly, the Duma.
1910 Rockefeller Foundation: J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can devote full time to being a philanthropist.
1911 Jean Harlow, American actress, was born (d. 1937).
1915 NACA, the predecessor of NASA, was founded.
1918 Germany, Austria and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ending Russia’s involvement in World War I, and leading to the independence of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
1920 Ronald Searle, British illustrator, was born (d 2011) .
1923 TIME magazine was published for the first time.
1924 – Tomiichi Murayama, former Prime Minister of Japan, was born.
1924 The 1400-year-old Islamic caliphate was abolished when Caliph Abdul Mejid II of the Ottoman Empire was deposed.
1924 – The Free State of Fiume was annexed by Kingdom of Italy.
1930 Ion Iliescu, President of Romania, was born.
1931 The United States officially adopted The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem.
1938 Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
1939 In Mumbai, Mohandas Gandhi began to fast in protest at the autocratic rule in India.
1940 Five people were killed in an arson attack on the offices of the communist newspaper Norrskensflamman in Luleå, Sweden.
1942 Mike Pender, English singer and guitarist (The Searchers), was born.
1942 Ten Japanese warplanes raided the town of Broome, Western Australia killing more than 100 people.
1943 173 people were killed in a crush while trying to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station in London.
1948 Snowy White, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd), was born.
1953 A Canadian Pacific Airlines De Havilland Comet crashed in Karachi, killing 11.
1958 Miranda Richardson, British actress, was born.
1958 Nuri as-Said became the prime minister of Iraq for the 14th time.
1960 Barry Crump’s novel A Good Keen Man was published.
1961 Hassan II became King of Morocco.
1964 Duncan Phillips, Australian drummer (Newsboys), was born.
1969 NASA launched Apollo 9 to test the lunar module.
1971 Beginning of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and India’s official entry to the Bangladesh Liberation War in support of Mukti Bahini.
1972 Mohawk Airlines Flight 405 crashed as a result of a control malfunction and insufficient training in emergency procedures.
1974 Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashed at Ermenonville near Paris, killing all 346 aboard.
1976 Five workers were killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
1985 Arthur Scargill declared that the National Union of Mineworkers national executive voted to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Great Britain without any peace deal over pit closures.
1991 An amateur video captured the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.
1991 – In two concurring referendums: 74 % of the population of Latvia and 83% of the population of Estonia voted for independence from the Soviet Union.
1991 United Airlines Flight 585 crashed on approach into Colorado Springs, killing 25.
1992 – The nation of Bosnia was established.
1997 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland opened after two-and-a-half years of construction.
2002 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly voted in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
2004 Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world’s largest brewer.
2005 James Roszko murdered four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide.
2005 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.
2009 The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.
2009 – The building of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln (Historical Archives) in Cologne, Germany, collapsed.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia