Today in history, Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices in 326.
Today in history, Maximilian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1564.
Today in history, Hideyoshi (see picture below) bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave in 1587.
Today in history, China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States in 1845.
Today in history, French aviator Louis Bleriot (see picture below) becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel in an airplane in 1909.
Today in history, Svetlana Savitskaya (see picture below) becomes first woman to perform a space walk in 1984.