1521 – The Diet of Worms began, at which Protestant reformer Luther was declared an outlaw by the Roman Catholic church.
1547 – England’s King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his 9 year-old son, Edward VI. He ascended the throne 1509. His armour was an antique to relish because her had a whooping waistline of 52inches and chest span of 53inches.
1788 – The first British penal settlement was founded at Botany Bay.
1807 – London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight.
1878 – The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT .
1878 – “The Yale News” was published for the first time. It was the first, daily, collegiate newspaper in the U.S.
1902 – The Carnegie Institution was established in Washington, DC . It began with a gift of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie.
1909 – The United States ended direct control over Cuba.
1915 – The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
1922 – The National Football League (NFL) franchise in Decatur, IL , transferred to Chicago. The team took the name Chicago Bears.
1935 – Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.
1945 – During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that circus clown Emmett Kelly had been hired to entertain fans at baseball games.
1958 – Construction began on first private thorium-uranium nuclear reactor.
1965 – General Motors reported the biggest profit of any U.S. company in history.
1973 – CBS-TV debuted “Barnaby Jones.”
1980 – Six Americans who had fled the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in Tehran.
1980: A declaration document prepared under the reign of the late Oba Adesoji Aderemi, who was from the Oshikola ruling family was signed by the then Chairman of the Chieftaincy Committee of Oranmiyan Local Government, P. O. Olaniyi in ile-ife Nigeria. The document, which was forwarded for approval on September 14, 1979 and was signed on January 28, 1980 approving the rotation of the stool among the 4 ruling houses, in that order. The late Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Olubuse II, being a product of the Ogboru ruling house, the next in line to ascend the throne must therefore come from the Giesi family. The Prince of the source, The present Ooni of ife Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, being the 4th direct descendant of the Giesi family, is, in all context, the man for the throne.
1982 – Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier. 42 days before he had been kidnapped by the Red Brigades.
1986 – The U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crewmembers were killed.
1997 – Clive Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 – Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden’s Volvo AB for $6.45 billion.
2002 – Toys R Us Inc. announced that it would be closing 27 Toys R Us stores and 37 Kids R Us stores in order to cut costs and boost operating profits.
2005: A Nigeria Air Force fighter plane crashed into a farmland in Yar Kanya, Kano State.
2014: Etisalat Introduces Genevieve Nnaji as Latest Brand Ambassador after Launching 3 New Easyflex Bundles.