1571 - Spanish troops occupied Manila.
1644 - 200 members of the Peking imperial family/court committed suicide.
1687 - French explorer La Salle was murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, in the Gulf of Mexico.
1702 - Upon the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, the sister of Mary, succeeds to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1831 - The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.
1900 - Archeologist Arthur John Evans began the excavation of Knossos Palace in Greece.
1903 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.
1915 - Pluto was photographed for the first time. However, it was not known at the time.
1917 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Adamson Act that made the eight-hour workday for railroads constitutional.
1918 - A German seaplane was shot down for the first time by an American pilot.
1920 - The U.S. Senate rejected the Versailles Treaty for the second time maintaining an isolation policy.
1945 - Adolf Hitler issued his "Nero Decree" which ordered the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands as German forces were retreating.
1953 - The Academy Awards aired on television for the first time.
1969 - British invaded Anguilla.
1972 - India and Bangladesh signed a friendship treaty.
1976 - Buckingham Palace announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
1981 - During a test of the space shuttle Columbia two workers were injured and one was killed.
1988 - Two British soldiers were killed by mourners at a funeral in Belfast, North Ireland. The soldiers were shot to death after being dragged from a car and beaten.
1994 - The largest omelet in history was made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan.
2003 - U.S. President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces had launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq. The attack, using cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs, were aimed at Iraqi leaders thought to be near Baghdad.