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30 B.C. - Cleopatra, the seventh queen of Egypt, committed suicide.

1146 - European leaders outlawed the crossbow.

1918 - Fanny Dora Kaplan fired three shots at Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in an assassination attempt.

1941 - During World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.

1963 - The "Hotline" between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.

1991 - The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.

1996 - An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.


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