1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.
1900 – The Holland Senate ratified the 1899 peace conference decree that created in international arbitration court at The Hague.
1930-British women over the age of 30 get the right to vote.
1932 – Dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.
1937 – K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer when she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.
1952 – Elizabeth II becomes queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.
1959 – The U.S., for the first time, successfully test-fired a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
1971 – NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.
2000 – Second Chechen War: Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile.
2000 – In Finland, Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen became the first woman to be elected president.