1616: Sir Thomas Row, first English Ambassador, identified himself before Emperor Jahangir at Ajmer.
1645: Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud was beheaded on Tower Hill after he was accused of acting as an enemy of the British Parliament.
1693: Job Charnock, founder of Calcutta (now Kolkata), died.
1811: An uprising of over 400 slaves was put down in New Orleans, USA. Sixty-six blacks were killed and their heads were strung up along the city roads.
1839: Tea from India first arrived in the UK.
1861: Florida seceded from the Union.
1863: London's Underground (metro railway) began operations.
1870: John D. Rockefeller and his brother William established the Standard Oil Company of Ohio.
1903: Argentina banned importation of American beef because of sanitation problems.
1912: The world's first flying-boat airplane, designed by Glenn Curtiss, made its maiden flight at Hammondsport, New York.
1918: In Washington, the House of Representatives passes legislation for women's suffrage. 1920 The Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.
1920: The League of Nations came into existence.
1923: The United States withdrew its last troops from Germany.
1940: Singer KJ Yesudas was born in Cochin.
1941: The Soviet Union and Germany agreed on the East European borders and the exchange of industrial equipment.
1950: Martin Luther King arrived in New Delhi.
1964: Panama severed ties with the US and sought a revision of the canal treaty.
1966: Tashkent Conference between Pakistan and India concluded.
1967: Edward Brooke of Massachusetts elected as first African-American senator.
1974: Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan was born in Mumbai.
1984: The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
1993: At least 15 killed in Mumbai (then Bombay) riots.
1998: Geet Sethi retains National billiards title in Calcutta (now Kolkata).
2003: North Korea announced its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
2007: A general strike began in Guinea would eventually lead to the resignation of the country's president, Lansana Conte.
2015: India drew the final test match against Australia in Sydney to lose the four-test series 0-2. With this loss, India are ranked seventh in Tests, a new low in the country's cricket.