1. 1883 - Benito Mussolini is born
2. 1890 - Artist Vincent van Gogh dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France
3. 1950 - Disney's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is released
4. 1953 - Thieves have steal the Hohenzollern Jewels valued at over $7.5m by climbing the walls of ancient Hohenzollern castle, better known as the Prussian Crown Jewels
5. 1958 - President Eisenhower signs the congressional act that creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is authorized by Congress
6. 1968 - Pope Paul VI bans the contraceptive pill, as well as all other artificial means of birth control.
7. 1976 - A fire destroys the famous pierhead at the end of the world's longest pier, in Southend on the UK's south-east coast
8. 1981 - Thousands line the streets of London to glimpse Prince Charles and Lady Diana on their wedding day
9. 2003 - Red sox switch hitter Bill Mueller becomes the first baseball player to hit grand slam home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.
10. 2008 - Former United States President and Commander in Chief, George W. Bush approves the first execution of an American soldier in over fifty years - Ronald Gray, a serial killer who was found guilty of the rape and murder of 4 victims
11. 2012 - US Rapper Snoop Dogg is banned from Norway for two years after he was caught trying to bring a small amount of marijuana into the country