53 Roman Emperor Nero married Claudia Octavia.
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.
1310 Duccio‘s Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, was unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral.
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).
1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Arklow and Battle of Saintfield.
1815 End of the Congress of Vienna.
1836 – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician and politician, was born (d. 1917).
1843 – Bertha von Suttner, Austrian journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1914).
1856 Five hundred Mormons left Iowa City and headed west for Salt Lake City carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.
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 – Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward opened the Public Trust Office Building in Lambton Quay, Wellington.
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.
1928 Charles Kingsford Smith completed the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross.
1930 Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle was killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a 100,000 USD gambling debt owed to Al Capone.
1934 Donald Duck made his debut in The Wise Little Hen.
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.
1967 Six-Day War: Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria
1968 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1973 Secretariat won the Triple Crown.
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.
1986 The Rogers Commission released its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
1999 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
2008 – Two bombs exploded at a train station near Algiers, Algeria, killing at least 13 people.
2008 Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.
2009 – An explosion killed 17 people and injures at least 46 at a hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan.
2010 – At least 40 people were killed and more than 70 others wounded by an explosion at an evening wedding party in Arghandab, Kandahar.
2015 – The Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army claimed to have captured a major Syrian Army base known as Brigade 52 in Daraa Governorate.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia