It is the 140th day of the year, with only 225 days remaining until the new year.
526 - An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Anitochia.
1570 - Cartographer Abraham Ortelius, issues the first modern atlas.
1609 - Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London. Some say illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1802 - By law, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies.
1861 - The State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
1862 - Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
1864 - Battle of Ware Bottom Church, in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight fight in the Confederate victory.
1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
1891 - The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
1902 - Cuba gains its independence from the United States.
1916 - The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting, the Boy with Baby Carriage.
1927 - A 7:52, Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22, the next day.
1932 - Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
1940 - The first prisoners arrive at a concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1956 - In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
1983 - In the journal, Science, it is the first publication of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, by Luc Montagnier.