334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Granicus.
1570 – First Atlas. ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (theatre of the world) published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps.
1843 – First wagon train with 700-1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon.
1939 – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign “Pact of Steel” in Berlin, Germany.
1946 – First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands missile range in New Mexico.
2014 – Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the Kingdom’s constitution and taking control of the government, the 12th since the country’s first coup in 1932.
Today in Film and TV
1992 – Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of “The Tonight Show”.
Today in Music
1900 – Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player.
Today in Sport
2003 – In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sorenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.