1482 – “Pentateuch” the Jewish Bible is 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy.
1531 – Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die.
1564 – The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
1788 – Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day.
1918 – Soon after the Bolsheviks seized control in immense, troubled Russia in November 1917 and moved towards negotiating peace with the Central Powers, the former Russian state of Ukraine declares its total independence.
1942 – The first U.S. expeditionary force to land in Europe during World War II reached Ireland.
1950 – India became a republic, achieving full independence from Great Britain.
1998 – President Bill Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”.
Music: 1790 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” premieres in Vienna.
Births & Deaths: 1958 – American comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres, who was known for her quirky observational humour, was born.
Via Britannica / On This Day