585 BC - The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.
1085 - Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Moslems.
1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1895 - Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.
1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1977 - "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" opened and became the largest grossing film to date.
1983 - "The Return of the Jedi" opened nationwide. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross was $6,219,629.
2001 - Erik Weihenmeyer, 32, of Golder, CO, became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2001 - Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.