1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail for North America.
1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII.
1568 - After being defeated by the Protestants, Mary the Queen of Scots, fled to England where she was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth.
1588 - The Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon, bound for England.
1911 - The first American criminal conviction that was based on fingerprint evidence occurred in New York City.
1926 - Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time.
1926 - Benito Mussolini announced that democracy was deceased. Rome became a fascist state.
1935 - T.E. Lawrence "Lawrence of Arabia" died from injuries in a motorcycle crash in England.
1943 - Winston Churchill told the U.S. Congress that his country was pledging their full support in the war against Japan.
1998 - In Russia, strikes broke out over unpaid wages.
1998 - Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
2000 - The bones of the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton went on display in Chicago.
2003 - Hundreds of Albert Einstein's scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were made available on the Internet.
2005 - "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" brought in 50.0 million in its opening day.