Today In History
Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.
Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeds his father, Maximillian II, as Holy Roman Emperor.
The song “Three Blind Mice” is published in London, believed to be the earliest printed secular song.
Admiral Sir George Rooke defeats the French fleet off Vigo.
Shah Sultan Husayn surrenders the Persian capital of Isfahan to Afgan rebels after a seven month siege.
Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies under mysterious circumstances in Tennessee.
Apache leader Cochise signs a peace treaty with General Howard in Arizona Territory.
The Anglo-Boer War begins.
Despite international protests, Edith Cavell, an English nurse in Belgium, is executed by Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners.
Alcatraz Island is made a federal maximum security prison.
The U.S. Fifth Army begins an assault crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.
Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman U.S. ambassador.
Inejiro Asanuma, leaders of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated during a live TV broadcast.
1964 USSR launches Voskhod I, first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.
President Richard Nixon announces the pullout of 40,000 more American troops in Vietnam by Christmas.
The House of Representatives passes the Equal Rights Amendment 354-23.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonates at bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; 5 others are killed and 31 wounded.
NASA loses contact with the Magellan probe spacecraft in the thick atmosphere of Venus.
Chief of Army Staff Perez Musharraf seizes power in Pakistan through a bloodless military coup.
Suicide bombers at Aden, Yemen, damage USS Cole; 17 crew members killed and over 35 wounded.
Terrorist bombers kill over 200 and wound over 300 more at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali.