- 532 Nika uprising at Constantinople fails, 30-40,000 die
- 1591 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
- 1788 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
- 1943 Soviets announce they broke long Nazi siege of Leningrad
Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America's 1st UFO sighting
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