Today is the 125th day of the year, with only 240 days remaining.
1260 - Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
1809 - Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi sets sail from Genoa, leading the expedition of the Thousand, to conquer the Kingdom of Two Sicilies and gives birth to the Kingdom of Italy.
1864 - The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
1866 - Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York.
1877 - Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army under Colonel Nelson Miles.
1891 - The Music Hall in New York City, later known as Carnegie Hall, has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
1904 - Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the perfect game in the modern era of baseball.
1920 - Authorities arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for alleged robbery and murder.
1946 - The International Military Tribunal for the Far East, begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
1987 - The start of Congressional televised hearings in the United States, for the Iran-Contra affair.
Napoleon Bonaparte - French general who was famous for He passes away on this date in 1821, at the age of . The ruler died in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.