1477 - William Caxton produced "Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres," which was the first book to be printed in England.
1820 - Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica.
1883 - The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1903 - The U.S. and Panama signed a treaty that granted the U.S. rights to build the Panama Canal.
1928 - The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York. It was Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie," starring Mickey Mouse.
1916 - Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force in World War I, called off the Battle of the Somme in France. The offensive began on July 1, 1916.
1936 - Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
1976 - The parliament of Spain approved a bill that established a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
1987 - 31 people died in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station.
1991 - Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.
2001 - Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console.