Today is the 96th day of the year, with only 269 days remaining until the new year.
46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Prcious Cato, in the Battle of Thapsus.
1652 AD - At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town.
1808 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America's first millionaire.
1814 - It is the nominal beginning of the Bourbon Restoration, and the anniversary date that Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.
1862 - The Battle of Shiloh begins, forces under Union General U.S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.
1865 - The Battle of Sayler's Creek occurs, when Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia fights its last major battle while in retreat from Richmond.
1866 - The Grand Army of the Republic, an American patriotic organization composed of Union veterans of the American Civil War is founded. It lasts until 1956.
1869 - Celluloid is patented.
1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games is celebrated, 1500 years after the original games are banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1909 - Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.
1917 - The United States declares war on Germany.
1941 - Nazi Germany launches Operation 25 and Operation Marita, the invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece, respectively.
1947 - The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement.
1972 - American forces begin sustained air strikes and naval bombardments in what is known as the Easter Offensive, during the Vietnam War.
1973 - The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
1998 - Travelers Group announces an agreement to undertake the $76 billion merger between Travelers and Citicorp, and the merger is completed 6 months and 2 days later, forming Citibank.