217 - Roman emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus
1820 - The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
1926 - Benito Mussolini is "slightly wounded in the nose" after being shot with a revolver by Violet Gibson, an Irish woman and sister of Baron Ashbourne).
1935 - The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.
1985 - Bhopal disaster: India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000.
1990 - Twin Peaks premieres.
1994 - Body of Kurt Cobain discovered in his Washington home after having died three days earlier.
2005 - Funeral of Pope John Paul II
563 BC - Gautama Buddha, Indian religious leader (d. 483 BC)
1918 - Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States
1960 - John Schneider, American actor
1963 - Julian Lennon, British musician and singer
1964 - Biz Markie, American rapper and disc jockey
1966 - Robin Wright Penn, American actress
1968 - Patricia Arquette, American actress
1980 - Katee Sackhoff, American actress
1973 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (b. 1881)
1990 - Ryan White, American activist (b. 1971)