39 Titus, Roman emperor (died 81)
1816 The Treaty of St. Louis (1816) between the United States and the united Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi Indian tribes is proclaimed.
1825 The Treaty of St. Louis (1825) between the United States and the Shawnee Nation is proclaimed.
1851 Asa Griggs Candler (born), American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Atlanta (died 1929)
1853 Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.
1919 Lincoln’s Inn in London, England, UK admits its first female bar student.
1922 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.
1928 Bo Diddley (born), American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died 2008)
1939 Felix Pappalardi (born), American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Mountain) (died 1983)
1947 Alfred North Whitehead (died), English mathematician and philosopher (born 1861)
1948 The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opens at the New Century Theatre and becomes the first show to win the Best MusicalTony Award.
1950 Bjarne Stroustrup (born), Danish computer scientist, created the C++ programming language
1957 Matt Lauer (born), American journalist
1965 Heidi Fleiss (born), American madam and columnist
1970 Sonny Liston (died), American boxer (born 1932)
1977 For the second time, Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
1979 Richard Rodgers (died), American composer (born 1902)
2002 Eleanor J. Gibson (died), American psychologist (born 1910)
2006 Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is executed.
2006 Saddam Hussein (died), Iraqi politician, 5th President of Iraq (born 1937)
2011 Due to a change of time zone the day is skipped in Samoa and Tokelau.