1607 – Some 100 English colonists arrived on the west bank of what is now the James River in present-day Virginia and founded Jamestown.
1842 – Opera composer Arthur Sullivan (H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance) was born in London.
1907 – Writer Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, The Loving Spirit) was born in London.
1949 – The first gas turbine to pump natural gas was installed in Wilmar, AR.
1958 – Vice-President Richard Nixon was attacked in Caracas, Venezuela, during his Latin America goodwill trip, nearly overturning the car in which he was riding. The mob was angry about U.S. Cold War policy.
1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded in St. Peter’s Square in Rome by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca.