1486 - Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella to fund an expedition to the West Indies.
1707 - England, Wales and Scotland were united to form Great Britain.
1883 - William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) had his first Wild West Show.
1931 - The Empire State Building in New York was dedicated and opened. It is 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time.
1974 - The Carpenters performed at U.S. President Nixon's request at a White House dinner for West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
1979 - Elton John became the first pop music star to perform in Israel.