TODAY IN HISTORY
Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming dynasty of China.
Chipewyan chief Matonabbee, travelling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacres a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
The Great Train Wreck of 1856 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, kills over 60 people.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the first dental school in the US that is affiliated with a university.
Willis Carrier creates the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.
King George V issues a Proclamation stating that the male line descendants of the British Royal Family will bear the surname Windsor.
The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55; five lives are lost.
After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
An Armed Forces rebellion against the elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain starts the civil war.
Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the ‘wrong way’ to Ireland and becomes known as ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan.
Two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, near the San Francisco Bay, killing 320.
The South Korean constitution is proclaimed.
The largest number of United States midshipman casualties in a single event results from an aircraft crash in Florida killing 44.
Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.
Nuclear weapons testing: The ‘Small Boy’ test shot Little Feller I becomes the last atmospheric test detonation at the Nevada National Security Site.
A revolution occurs in Iraq when Abdul Rahman Arif is overthrown and the Ba’ath Party is installed as the governing power in Iraq with Ahmed Hassan al Bakr as the new Iraqi President.
King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan is deposed by his cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan while in Italy undergoing eye surgery.
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Humber Bridge in England.
A structural failure leads to the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring over 200.
First flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
At least 120 people are killed and 130 injured by a suicide bombing in Diyala Province, Iraq.
Hundred Years’ War: Charles VII of France is crowned the King of France in the Reims Cathedral after a successful campaign by Joan of Arc.
The main three leaders of the Allied nations, Winston Churchill, Harry S Truman and Joseph Stalin, meet in the German city of Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany.
2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777, crashes near the border of Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 people on board are killed. This photo taken on July 23, 2014 shows the crash site of the downed MH17, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region
1717 King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel’s Water Music is premiered