1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.
1622 - Indians attacked a group of colonist in the James River area of Virginia. 347 residents were killed.
1630 - The first legislation to prohibit gambling was enacted. It was in Boston, MA.
1638 - Anne Hutchinsoon, a religious dissident, was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1719 - Frederick William abolished serfdom on crown property in Prussia.
1733 - Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water (seltzer).
1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.
1775 - Edmund Burke presented his 13 articles to the English parliament.
1790 - Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State.
1794 - The U.S. Congress banned U.S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
1822 - New York Horticultural Society was founded.
1841 - Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.
1871 - William Holden of North Carolina became the first governor to be removed by impeachment.
1872 - Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
1873 - Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.
1874 - The Young Men’s Hebrew Association was organized in New York City.
1882 - The U.S. Congress outlawed polygamy.
1888 - The English Football League was established.
1894 - The first playoff competition for the Stanley Cup began. Montreal played Ottawa.
1895 - Auguste and Louis Lumiere showed their first movie to an invited audience in Paris.
1901 - Japan proclaimed that it was determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea.
1902 - Great Britain and Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.
1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.
1903 - In Columbia, the region near Galera De Zamba was devastated by a volcanic eruption.
1904 - The first color photograph was published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
1905 - Child miners in Britain received a maximum 8-hour workday.
1906 - France lost the first ever rugby game ever played against Britain.
1907 - Russians troops completed the evacuation of Manchuria in the face of advancing Japanese forces.