- 1868 - USA: 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio.
- 1878 - German battleship SMS Grosser Kurfürst sinks killing 284 people.
- 1879 - Germany: 1st electric railway opens at Berlin Trades Exposition.
- 1907 - USA: NYC Taxis began running for the 1st time.
- 1930 - Birthday: Clint Eastwood (actor) born in San Francisco, California
- 1935 - 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Quetta (now in Pakistan) killing around 50,000 people.
- 1990 - “Seinfeld” starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuts on NBC in Seinfeld Chronicles.
- 2008 - Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint in 9.72 seconds.
- 2014 - PSY'S "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube.