- 1479 - Birthday: Guru Amar Das (1479-1574), third Sikh Guru.
- 1821 - Death: Napoleon Bonaparte (Age: 51) dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena.
- 1834 - Charles Darwin begins his expedition from Rio Santa Cruz.
- 1912 - Stockholm, Sweden: 5th Olympics kick off.
- 1932 - China & Japan sign peace treaty.
- 1941 - Chanel No. 5 released.
- 1955 - Hindu divorce accepted by Indian parliament.
- 1956 - Japan: 1st Judo world championships held in Tokyo.
- 2012 - Japan shuts down its nuclear reactors leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970.