It is the 286th day of the year, with only 79 days remaining.
54 - Nero ascends to the Roman throne.
1307 - Hundreds of Templar Knights in France are arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortued into a confession of heresy.
1775 - The United States Continental Congress orders the establishment of the Continental Navy.
1792 - In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion is laid.
1944 - Riga, the capital of Latvia is liberated by the Red Army.
1967 - The first game in the history of the American Basketball Association is played as the Anaheim Amigos lose to the Oakland Oaks, 134 to 129.
1983 - Ameritech Mobile Communications, now known as AT&T, launches the first cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
2010 - A mining accident in Copiapo, Chile comes to end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue.