1093 - The new Winchester Cathedral was dedicated by Walkelin.
1776 - The first British fire escape was patented.
1820 - The Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
1886 - William Ewart Gladstone introduced the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the House of Commons.
1904 - The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland signed the Entente cordiale.
1904 - Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
1906 - German woman Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died at the age of 56.
1911 - Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity.
1925 - Italian Catholic bishops banned scantily-clad or bare-legged women from churches.
1950 - Ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky died in a London clinic at the age of 60. He was buried in London, but three years later his body was moved to Montmartre Cemetery in Paris.
1973 - Artist Pablo Picasso died of a heart attack at his chateau near Cannes on the French Riviera.
1975 - Pagers were launched in Britain.
1986 - Residents of the Californian town of Carmel overwhelmingly voted for actor Clint Eastwood as their mayor.
1992 - Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries. He died less than a year later.
1994 - Rock musician Kurt Cobain, lead-singer of Nirvana, was found dead in his Seattle home with a single gunshot wound to the head. A gun and suicide note were found nearby.
2001 - Tiger Woods became the first professional golfer to hold all four majors at the same time.
2005 - More than four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
2008 - The construction of the world’s first building to integrate wind turbines was completed in Bahrain.