- 1503 - Columbus discovers Cayman Islands.
- 1752 - Benjamin Franklin (with his kite-flying experiment) tests the lightning conductor.
- 1838 - Birthday: John Wilkes Booth born in Bel Air, Maryland (d. 1865), assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln.
- 1857 - India's First War of Independence.
- 1940 - Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of UK.
- 1960 - Paul Hewson (Bono - U2) born in Dublin, Ireland.
- 1994 - Nelson Mandela becomes 1st black president of South Africa.
- 2012 - All humanitarian work suspended by The Red Cross in Pakistan after a worker was kidnapped & killed.
- 2016 - Daljinder Kaur (Haryana, India) at age of 70 gives birth to a baby boy (Arman).