In 1477, The Sayings of the Philosophers was published, the earliest known book printed in England to carry a date.
In 1883, the United States adopted Standard Time and set up four zones -- Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific.
1928, Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in the landmark Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theater in New York City. The Walt Disney cartoon, with Disney doing the voice of Mickey, was the first with synchronized sound.
In 1963, push-button telephones made their debut. Touch-tone service was available as an option for an extra charge.
In 1978, more than 900 people died in a mass suicide-murder led by the Rev. Jim Jones at the People's Temple commune in Guyana, following the slaying of U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif. It was the largest mass suicide in modern history.
In 1991, the Lebanese Shiite Muslim faction, the Islamic Jihad, freed Church of England envoy Terry Waite and U.S. professor Thomas Sutherland.
In 1994, Palestinian police opened fire on Islamic militants outside a mosque in the Gaza Strip, sparking riots that killed at least 14 people and injured 200.
In 1996, Harold Nicholson, a 16-year CIA veteran, was arrested for spying.
In 1999, 12 people died when the Aggie Bonfire collapsed at Texas A&M University. It was a tradition at the school to construct the bonfire before A&M played Texas in football.
In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the state's prohibition against same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.
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