Today in history, Shortly after declaring himself a god, Caligula is assassinated by two Praetorian tribunes in 0041.
Today in history, Matthias Corvinus, the son of John Hunyadi, is elected king of Hungary in 1458.
Today in history, Representatives from three Connecticut towns band together to write the Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New World in 1639.
Today in history, Czar Peter the Great caps his reforms in Russia with the “Table of Rank” which decrees a commoner can climb on merit to the highest positions in 1722.
Today in history, U.S. Secretary of State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert create a joint commission to establish the Alaskan border in 1903.
Today in history, U.S. Cavalry is sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Civil War in 1911.
Today in history, The German cruiser Blücher is sunk by a British squadron in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915.
Today in history, British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai in 1927.
Today in history, A German attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest is finally halted by the Soviets in 1945.
Today in history, The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission in 1946.
Today in history, In a rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China in 1980.