1783 Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 receives its première performance in Linz, Austria.
1839 Newport Rising took place, the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.
1861 The University of Washington opened in Seattle, Washington as the Territorial University.
1916 – Ruth Handler, American businesswoman and inventor of the Barbie doll, was born.
1924 Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was elected as the first female governor in the United States.
1930 Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup.
1937 Loretta Swit, American actress, was born.
1939 Shakuntala Devi, Indian calculating prodigy, was born.
1950 Charles Frazier, American author, was born.
1966 Two-thirds of Florence was submerged as the Arno river flooded; this and the contemporaneous flood of the Po River in northern Italy, this led to 113 deaths, 30,000 made homeless, and the destruction of numerous Renaissance artworks and books.
2008 Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.