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1521 - Martin Luther confronted the emperor Charles V in the Diet of Worms and refused to retract his views that led to his excommunication.

1791 - National Guardsmen prevented Louis XVI and his family from leaving Paris.

1937 - Leon Trotsky called for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

1946 - The League of Nations was dissolved.

1949 - The Republic of Ireland was established.

1955 - Albert Einstein died.

1980 - Rhodesia became in independent nation of Zimbabwe.

1989 - Thousands of Chinese students demanding democracy tried to storm Communist Party headquarters in Beijing. 
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