Today is the 126th day of the year, with only 239 days remaining.
1527 - Spanish and German troops sack the city of Rome, some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo.
1835 - James Gordon Bennett Sr., publishes the first issue of the New York Herald.
1844 - The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
1861 - Arkansas decides to secede from the Union.
1877 - Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
1882 - The United States Congress passes the Chinese Exclusion Act.
1889 - The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1935 - It is the first flight of the American Curtiss P-36 Hawk.
1937 - The German zeppelin, Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.
1940 - John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.
1941 - The first flight of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
1945 - Axis Sally delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
1954 - Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
1981 - A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
1989 - Cedar Point opens the Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200 ft height barrier, therefore spawning what is considered to be the "coaster wars."
1998 - Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record. held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.