It is the 191st day of the year, with only 174 days remaining.
138 - Emperor Hadrian dies after a heart failure at Baiae, he is buried at Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina.
1821 - The United States possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain.
1890 - Wyoming is admitted as the 44th U.S. state.
1913 - Death Valley, California hits 134 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature recorded in the U.S.
1925 - In Dayton, Tennessee, the so called "Monkey Trial" begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1938 - Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world.
1962 - Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1973 - John Paul Getty III, grandson of the oil magnate, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy.
1992 - In Miami, Florida, former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations.
1997 - In London, scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which support the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
2002 - At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Reubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents, is sold for $76.2 million to Lord Thomson.