1492 - Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas.
1914 - Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.
1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
1990 - Thousands of Iraqi troops pushed within a few miles of the border of Saudi Arabia. This heightened world concerns that the invasion of Kuwait could spread.
2004 - In New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
2004 - NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March 2011.