Today is the 215th day of the year and 150 days remaining until the end of the year.
8 AD - Roman Empire General Tiberius defeats Dalmatae on the river Bathinus.
881 - Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu, Louis III of France defeats the Vikings, an event celebrated in the famed poem Ludwigslied.
1492 - Explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
1527 - The first letter from the New World in North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland.
1783 - Mount Asama erupts in Japan and kills 35,000 people.
1900 - The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.
1900 - American journalist, famous for his war corresponding, Ernie Pyle is born.
1914 - Germany declares war on France during the First World War.
1918 - Sidney Gottlieb, American chemist probably best-known for his involvement with the CIA mind control program MKULTRA, is born.
1921 - Major League Baseball Commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, confirms the ban of the eight Chicago Black Sox, the day after they were acquitted by a Chicago court.
1934 - Adolf Hitler becomes the supreme leader of all of Germany by joining the offices of President and Chancellor into that of the Fuhrer.
1936 - Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Olympics in Berlin. Hitler would not recognize Owens at the medal ceremony.
1948 - Whittaker Chambers discusses Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.
1949 - The National Basketball Association is founded in the United States.
1958 - The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus travels beneath the Arctic ice cap.
1959 - American actor, most notable for his role as Dr. Perry Cox in Scrubs, John C. McGinley is born.
1960 - The African country of Niger celebrates its independence from France.