1602 - Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold.
1614 - An aristocratic uprising in France ended with the treaty of St.Menehould.
1618 - Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonics law.
1768 - Under the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa.
1795 - Napoleon entered the Lombardian capital of Milan.
1849 - Neapolitan troops entered Palermo, and were in possession of Sicily.
1930 - Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess.
1940 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time.
1957 - Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean.
1958 - Sputnik III, the first space laboratory, was launched in the Soviet Union.
1988 - Soviet forces began their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet forces had been there for more than eight years.
1990 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Doctor Gachet" was sold for $82.5 million. The sale set a new world record.
1997 - The Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to deliver urgently needed repair equipment and a fresh American astronaut to Russia's orbiting Mir station.