In 1869, the Suez Canal opened, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea via Egypt.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell granted a patent for the telephone.
In 1887, North Carolina State University was founded.
In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, an estimated 3,000 men rioted at the Detroit plant of the Ford Motor Co. Four were killed.
In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered Nazi troops into the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1945, the U.S. 1st Army crossed the Rhine at Remagen in Germany. The bridge was the only one across the Rhine that hadn't been destroyed. World War II ended in Europe two months later.
In 1984, the U.S. Senate confirmed William Wilson as the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in 117 years.
In 1985: We Are the World a song composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by a series of high-profile music stars is released worldwide with the intention of generating funds for the USA for Africa charity.
In 1997, a U.S. veto killed an otherwise unanimous U.N. Security Council resolution condemning new Jewish settlements in Arab East Jerusalem.
In 2002, More than 600 people were reported dead after several days of Hindu-Muslim violence in the state of Gujarat, India.