*660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
*55 – The death under mysterious circumstances of Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Empire, on the eve of his coming of age clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.
951 – Guo Wei, a court official, leads a military coup and declares himself emperor of the new Later Zhou.
*1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
*1584 – A naval expedition led by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa founds Nombre de Jesús, the first of two short-lived Spanish settlements in the Strait of Magellan.
*1586 – Sir Francis Drake with an English force captures and occupies the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena de Indias for two months, obtaining a ransom and booty.
*1659 – The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
*1794 – First session of Unit
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