It is the 66th day of the year, with only 299 days remaining until the end of the year.
161 - Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by his adoptive sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.
1850 - Senator Daniel Webster gives his speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent what many people believe to be looming civil war.
1862 - Union forces defeat Confederate troops at Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.
1900 - The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.
1965 - A group of 600 civil rights marchers are forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.
1968 - The United States and South Vietnamese military forces begin operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding My Tho.
1985 - The song "We Are the World." has its international release.
1994 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
2007 - The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.