1568 - French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.
1859 - France declared war on Austria.
1916 - Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.
1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua and stayed until 1933.
1926 - In Britain, trade unions began a general strike.
1945 - Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.
1952 - The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.
1999 - Hasbro released the first collection of toys for the Star Wars movie "Episode I: The Phantom Menace."
2006 - In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.