1804 - Napoleon was crowned emperor of France at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
1901 - Gillette patented the first disposable razor.
1917 - During World War I, hostilities were suspended on the eastern front.
1961 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared in a nationally broadcast speech that he was a Marxist-Leninist and that he was going to lead Cuba to communism.
1982 - Doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark. He lived 112 days with the device. The operation was the first of its kind.
1991 - American hostage Joseph Cicippio was released by his kidnappers. He had been held captive in Lebanon for over five years.
1993 - The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.
1998 - Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates donated $100 million to help immunize children in developing countries.
1999 - The British government transferred political power over the province of Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.