Today is the 85th day of the year, with only 280 days remaining until the new year.
1484 - William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables.
1830 - The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
1917 - British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance at the First Battle of Gaza.
1942 - In Poland, the first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz.
1982 - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.
1997 - Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides. It was a UFO religion based in San Diego, California. Members felt that in order to reach an alien aircraft which they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp, they could hitch a ride.
1999 - The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world.
1999 - A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.