1671 - Thomas “Captain” Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
1785 - Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle.
1926 - Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.
1940 - Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in “Romeo and Juliet” with Lawrence Olivier.
1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.
1962 - A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.
1978 - The bullet-riddled body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in the center of Rome. The Red Brigades had abducted him.
1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa’s first black president.
2002 - In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country’s history.