An avalanche hit the village of Galtür, Austria, killing more than 30 people
Osama bin Laden issued a fatwa against all Jews and Crusaders
A series of tornadoes hit central Florida, killing 40 people and destroying or damaging 3,000 buildings.
Death of Adrian Boult, British conductor
Cuban rebels kidnapped world motor racing champion Juan Fangio
Léopold III became King of Belgium
The Silver Dart, an early experimental aircraft, was flown in Nova Scotia, Canada, making the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire
Death of Johannes Friedrich August von Esmarch, German surgeon who founded the German equivalent of the St John Ambulance – the Deutscher.
Birth of Karl Jaspers, German philosopher .
Birth of Victor Fleming, American film director (‘The Wizard of Oz’) .
The traditional date when Johannes Gutenberg started printing the bible, using his movable type invention.
Emperor Justinian I orders the building of a new Christian Basilica in Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia.
Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian churches, initially in Nicomedia.