1126 Alfonso VII was proclaimed king of Castile and Leon, after the death of his mother Urraca.
1495 John of God, Portuguese-born friar and saint, was born (d. 1550).
1655 John Casor became the first legally-recognised slave in what became the United States.
1702 Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, became Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
1748 – William V, Prince of Orange, was born(d. 1806)
1775 Thomas Paine’s “African Slavery in America,” the first article in the U.S. calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery was published.
1782 Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity were killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
1817 The New York Stock Exchange was founded.
1844 King Oscar I ascended to the throne of Sweden-Norway.
1856 Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army, was born (d. 1929).
1859 Kenneth Grahame, English author, was born (d. 1932).
1909 – Beatrice Shilling, English motorcycle racer and engineer, ws born(d. 1990).
1917 The U.S. Senate votes to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
1921 Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier was assassinated.
1924 The Castle Gate mine disaster killed 172 coal miners near Castle Gate, Utah.
1929 Frank Borzage’s Street Angel, a silent picture with a recorded musical soundtrack, screened at Wellington’s Paramount Theatre – before this silent movies had been accompanied by live music.
1937 Juvénal Habyarimana, President of Rwanda, was born.
1939 – Lidiya Skoblikova, Russian speed skater and coach was born.
1942 – World War II: Imperial Japanese Army forces captured Rangoon, Burma.
1943 Lynn Redgrave, English actress, was born (d. 2010).
1945 Micky Dolenz, American musician (The Monkees), was born.
1946 Randy Meisner, American musician (The Eagles)
1947 Mike Allsup, American musician (Three Dog Night), was born.
1957 Egypt re-opened the Suez Canal after the Suez Crisis.
1963 The Ba’ath Party came to power in Syria in a Coup d’état by a clique of quasi-leftist Syrian Army officers calling themselves the National Council of the Revolutionary Command.
1966 – A bomb planted by young Irish protesters destroyed Nelson’s Pillar in Dublin.
1980 The first festival of rock music kicked off in the Soviet Union.
1984 – Ross Taylor, New Zealand cricketer was born.
2004 A new constitution was signed by Iraq’s Governing Council.
2010 – The stolen body of Tassos Papadopoulos, 5th President of Cyprus, was discovered in a cemetery near the capital.
2014 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The aircraft was believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia with the loss of all 239 people aboard.
2016 – A total solar eclipse occurred, with totality visible from Indonesia and the North Pacific.
2017 – The Azure Window, a natural arch on the Maltese island of Gozo, collapsed in stormy weather.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia