1537: Pope Paul III bans the enslavement of Indians in the New World.
1793: Maximilien Robespierre, a member of France's Committee on Public Safety, initiates the "Reign of Terror."
1818: The British army defeats the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.
1883: The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1886: Grover Cleveland becomes the first American president to wed while in office.
1924: The United States grants full citizenship to American Indians.
1928: Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captures Peking, China, in a bloodless takeover.
1944: Allied "shuttle bombing" of Germany begins, with bombers departing from Italy and landing in the Soviet Union.
1946: Italian citizens vote by referendum for a republic.
1948: Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley sets a new world record for the 400 yard dash.
1953: Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
1954: Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
1969: The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half off the shore of South Vietnam.