- 1659 1st known cheque (£400) (on display at Westminster Abbey)
- 1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
- 1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb and finds the sarcophagus
- 1959 Fidel Castro names himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
- 2005 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze
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