Today in history, Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 858.
Today in history, Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies in 1492.
Today in history, Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano (see picture below) in 1524.
Today in history, Frances Williams (see picture below), the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems in 1758.
Today in history, The game “snooker” is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain in 1875.
Today in history, China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895.
Today in history, Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson (see picture below), a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married in 1929.
Today in history, Apollo 13–originally scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident in 1970.