0461 - Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor.
1868 - Postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued.
1891 - The British steamer Utopia sank off the coast of Gibraltar.
1901 - In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh's paintings were shown at the Bernheim Gallery.
1930 - Al Capone was released from jail.
1944 - During World War II, the U.S. bombed Vienna.
1950 - Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element. They named it "californium". It is also known as element 98.
1958 - The Vanguard 1 satellite was launched by the U.S.
1959 - The Dalai Lama fled Tibet and went to India.
1966 - A U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off of Spain.
1985 - U.S. President Reagan agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
1992 - White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.
1995 - Gerry Adams became the first leader of Sinn Fein to be received at the White House.
1999 - A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS