Today is the 159th day of the year, with only 206 days remaining.
793 - Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England.
1191 - Richard I of England, arrives in Acre, thus beginning his crusade.
1783 - The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins and eighth-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine.
1856 - A group of 194 Pitcaim Islanders, descendants of the mutineers of the HMS Bounty, arrive at Norfolk Island commencing its third settlement.
1861 - Tennessee secedes from the Union.
1887 - Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,791 for the "Art of Applying Statistics," his punched card calculator.
1912 - Carl Leaemmle decides to incroporate Universal Pictures.
1949 - Celebrities Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni, and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI report as Communist Party members.
1949 - George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
1972 - Associated Press photographer Nick Ut takes his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc running down a road after being burned by napalm.