New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.
Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
A U.S. nuclear sub struck the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fishing boat.
Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision
The Irish paramilitary organization IRA ends an 18-month ceasefire by exploding a large bomb in London. The explosion in London's Canary Wharf left 2 people dead and 39 injured.
1996 Docklands bombing
Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania
Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.
British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike.
UK miners' strike (1972)
Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
The Boeing 747 flies for the first time. The “Jumbo Jet” was the world's largest passenger aircraft at the time.
The Beatles embark on their first tour in the United States. Their appearance in the Ed Sullivan Sow marked the beginning of the “British Invasion”
The Beatles in the United States
The world's first intercontinental ballistic missile becomes operational in the USSR. The Soviet R-7 Semyorka missile had a range of 8800 km (5500 mi).
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy launches his anti-communist campaign. On this day, McCarthy accused the U.S. State Department of being infiltrated by communists.
The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
Daylight-saving 'war time' went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
History of time in the United States
The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
Confederate States presidential election, 1861
The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
United States presidential election, 1824
British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion.
Proclamation of Rebellion
William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.
William Henry Harrison
Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire together with his son Leo II.