1520 Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.
1757 English poet, painter and engraver William Blake was born. Two of his best-known works are "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience."
1922 Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200," over New York's Times Square.
1953 New York City began 11 days without newspapers due to a strike of photoengravers.
1963 President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.
1989 Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, arrived in New York after escaping her homeland through Hungary.
1994 Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted serial killer, was clubbed to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
1995 President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.