- 1899 - Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of radiations (Alpha and Beta particles).
- 1912 - Paramount Pictures (film studio) is founded.
- 1933 - MK Gandhi begins his 21-day fast in India, protest against British oppression.
- 1975 - Enrique Iglesias Spanish singer & songwriter.
- 1980 - Small Pox declared eradicated by WHO.
- 1884 - Birthday: Harry Truman (Age: 88), 33rd US President.
- 1988 - Francois Mitterrand becomes 21st president of France.
- 2008 - Dmitry Medvedev (President) appoints Vladimir Putin as Prime Minister of Russia.
- 2012 - Vladimir Putin (President) nominates Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister of Russia.