Today is the 249th day of the year, with 116 day remaining until the new year.
1492 - Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic ocean for the first time.
1522 - The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition, returns to Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.
1628 - Puritans settle in Salem, which will later become part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1819 - United States Army officer and ambassador to Mexico, William Rosecrans is born.
1847 - Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
1861 - Forces under General Ulysses S. Grant, capture Paducah, Kentucky, giving the Union control of the mouth of the Tennessee River.
1870 - Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming, becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.
1888 - Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. is born. He is the prominent American business and political figure, as well as the father of the Kennedy family, that has become famous today.
1901 - Anarchist Leon Czolgosz, shoots and mortally wounds President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
1944 - The city of Ypres, Belgium, is liberated by Allied forces.
1949 - Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets back to German control.
1991 - The name Saint Petersburg, is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had previously been named Leningrad in 1924.
1995 - Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles, plays in his 2,131st consecutive game breaking a record that stood for 56 years.
1997 - The funeral of Princess Diana takes place in London, over a million people lined the streets and 2.5 billion watched around the world on television.