1906 - 10th anniversary Olympic games open at Athens, Greece.
1906 - New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls.
1914 - Babe Ruth's 1st professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit 6-0 win.
1914 - Mexico ends diplomatic relations with US.
1915 - 1st military use of poison gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I.
1930 - US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty.
1944 - Hitler & Benito Mussolini meet at Salzburg.
1945 - Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen liberated.
1951 - Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC.
1954 - NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule.
1955 - Congress orders all US coins bear motto "In God We Trust."
1956 - Elvis Presley makes his Las Vegas debut at the Frontier Hotel.
1962 - Jerry Lee Lewis's 3-year-old son drowns.
1964 - World's Fair (Flushing Meadow, Corona Park, NY) opens.
1966 - "Wild Thing" by the British band the Troggs is released in the U.S.
1968 - Herb Alpert debuts "This Guy's in Love With You" on his CBS-TV special.
1969 - 1st human eye transplant performed.
1969 - Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title.
1969 - John Lennon legally changes his middle name from Winston to Ono.
1969 - The Carpenters sign with A&M Records.
1969 - The Who give their first complete live performance of the rock opera "Tommy" at a show in Dolton, England.
1974 - Barbara Walters becomes news co-anchor of Today Show.
1978 - Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony.
1978 - John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their first appearance as The Blues Brothers on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
1979 - Mick Jaggar & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada.
1981 - Largest US bank robbery (Tucson Ariz), more than $3.3 million stolen.
1991 - Johnny Carson announces he will retire next year from Tonight Show.
1993 - Candid Camera creator Allen Funt suffers a stroke at 78.
1993 - Holocaust Memorial Museum dedicated in Wash DC.
1993 - Tennis star Bjorn Borg divorces Loredana Berte.
1994 - Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500.
1998 - Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
1908 - Eddie Albert, [Heimberger], Rock Island Il, actor (Oliver-Green Acres)
1909 - Ralph Byrd, Dayton Ohio, actor (Dick Tracy TV Show)
1923 - Bettie Page, Kingsport Tn, playmate (Jan, 1955)/model (Dark Angel)
1923 - Aaron Spelling, American television producer (Charlie's Angels), (d. 2006)
1926 - Bob Flannigan, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen)
1926 - Charlotte Rae, Milwaukee Wisc, actress (Edna-Facts of Life)
1936 - Glen Campbell, Delight Ark, actor/singer (Time I Get to Phoenix)
1937 - Jack Nicholson, NJ, actor (One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest, Shining)
1939 - Jason Miller, Scranton PA, actor/writer (Exorcist, Light of Day)
1943 - Mel Carter, singer (Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me)
1946 - John Waters, director (Hairspray)
1950 - Peter Frampton, Kent Engld, guitarist/vocalist (Frampton Comes Alive)
1961 - Byron Allen, LA California, comedian (Real People, Byron Allen Show)
1967 - Sheryl Lee, Boulder Colo, actress (Twin Peaks, Love Lies & Murder)
1967 - Sherri Shepherd, American comedian and actress
1978 - Will Geer, actor (Grandpa Walton-Waltons), dies at 75.
1984 - Ansel Adams, US photographer, dies at 82.
1994 - Richard Nixon, 37th President (1969-75), dies of a stroke at 81.
1996 - Erma Bombeck, humorist (Grass is Greener), dies at 69.
2002 - Linda Lovelace, American adult actress (b. 1949)
2004 - Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)