Today is the 106th day of the year, with only 259 days remaining until the new year.
1178 BC - The calculated date of the Greek King Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.
1818 AD - The United States Senate, ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.
1863 - Ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
1917 - Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.
1941 - Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox, 1 to 0.
1945 - The Red Army begins its final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.
1945 - The U.S. Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager, high security prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-c, better known as Colditz.
1945 - More than 7,000 people died when the Nazi refugee ship Goya, is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
1947 - Bernard Baruch coins the terms "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1962 - Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become "the most trusted man in America.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated for protesting against segregation.
1990 - The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.
1992 - The Katina P. runs aground off Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
2007 - Known as the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest spree killing in modern American history, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.