1569 - England's first state lottery was held.
1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.
1867 - Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.
1878 - In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.
1913 - The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.
1922 - At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.
1935 - Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
1943 - The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
1964 - U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.
1973 - The Open University awarded its first degrees.
1978 - Two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6 orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already docked.
1980 - Nigel Short, age 14, from Bolton in Britain, became the youngest International Master in the history of chess.