Today is the 5th day of the year, with only 360 days remaining until the new year.
1066 - Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman Conquest of England.
1527 - Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zurich, is executed by drowning. The Anabaptist church relates to its successors the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites.
1757 - Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-Francois Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides.
1759 - George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis.
1914 - The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor.
1918 - The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi part, is founded.
1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.
1940 - FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time.
1972 - President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
1993 - Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging, the last legal hanging in America.