TODAY IN HISTORY
Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily. The defenders are overwhelmed and Taormina falls.
Emperor Frederik I & Pope Alexander III sign a peace treaty in Venice.
Alexius IV Angelus appointed co-regent of Byzantium
Everlasting League, which is the basis of Swiss Confederation (Independence), is formed.
Henry Tudor’s army sails to England (future Henry VII).
Monarch Georg Ludwig becomes King George I of England.
Foundations laid for Bank of England.
France becomes the first country to use the metric system.
Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson attacks and decimates the French fleet at Aboukir Bay off the Nile Delta, Egypt.
London Bridge opens for the first time to traffic.
Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire - Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect.
Castle Clinton in New York City opens as the first US station to receive immigrants.
Brazil recognises Confederacy.
Amsterdam’s Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights.
Inland postal service begins in Great Britain.
Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand.
Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia kills 100.
British disappears on Sydney to London journey killing 300.
Transportation workers begin a major strike in England; part of a wave of industrial unrest.
Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany declares war on his nephew Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in WWI.
In Italy, the socialist ‘Alianza del Lavoro’ declares a national strike which collapses immediately and fascist forces destroy union and socialist headquarters.
Failed assassination attempt is made on General Primo de Rivera in Barcelona.
Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards.
Dutch colonial regime in Batavia (now Jakarta) arrests Sukarno. Sukorno later becomes the first President of Indonesia in 1945.
Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw.
King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes the King.
US atomic submarine USS
Nautilus begins the first transit of North Pole ‘Operation Sunshine’.
Islamabad declared as the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.
Yakubu Gowon becomes Nigerian Head of State after a military coup d'état.
1971 George Harrison’s concert for Bangladesh takes place in New York City. This file photo shows George Harrison (left) and Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar at a press conference at the Abkco Industries offices in New York, on July 27, 1971, where they announce the benefit concert for the Bangladesh refugees
1946 US President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)