It is the 129th day of the year, with only 236 days remaining until the new year.
1671 - Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada is founded.
1877 - An earthquake off the coast of Peru kills 2,541, including some as far away as Hawaii and Japan.
1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London, England.
1941 - The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine which Allied cryptographers use to break coded German messages.
1942 - The SS murders 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv. The Zoludek Ghetto in Belarus, is destroyed and all its inhabitants murdered or deported.
1945 - Ratification in Berlin-Karlshorst of the German unconditional surrender, with the signatures of Marshal Georgy Zhukov for the Soviet Union, Sir Arthur Tedder, British Air Marshal and Eisenhower's deputy, and Colonel-General Hans-Jurgen Stmpff of the Luftwaffe, and Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as the Chief of Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine.
1955 - West Germany joins NATO.
1955 - Sam and Friends debuts on a local United States television channel, marking the appearance of both Jim Henson and what would become Kermit the Frog and The Muppets.
1961 - Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player in baseball history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings.
1974 - The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.