631 - Emperor Taizong of Tang of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk for the release of Chinese prisoners captured during transition from Sui to Tang from northern frontier; succeeds in freeing 80,000.

738 - Smoke Monkey ascends to the throne of the Maya city of Copán, after the capture and killing of his predecessor 18 Rabbit by rival city Quirigua

1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes

1817 - The first predecessor of the bicycle is demonstrated

1817 -The first predecessor of the bicycle is demonstrated

1938 - China launches the 1938 Yellow River flood

1959 - Christopher Cockerell first presents the hovercraft

1963 - University of Alabama desegregated

1964 - Jawaharlal Nehru Ashes Scattered in India

2010 - Africa hosts the FIFA World Cup for the first time