Today in History in 1533 Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry VIII; in 1914 Babe Ruth debuted as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox; in 1952 Gen. Eisenhower was nominated as the Republican U.S. presidential candidate; and in 1985 the Astros' Nolan Ryan became the first to strike out 4,000 batters.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1405 - Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time.
1533 - Pope Clement VII excommunicates England's King Henry VIII
1735 - Mathematical calculations suggest that it was on this day that Pluto moved from the ninth to the eighth most distant planet from the Sun for the last time before 1979.
1804 - Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
1811 - Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro publishes his memoir about molecular content of gases.
1892 - US Patent Office says J W Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp
1914 - Babe Ruth debuts as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox, he beats Cleve 4-3
1934 - FDR became 1st US president to travel through Panama Canal
1944 - Franklin Roosevelt announces that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States.
1952 - Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican US presidential candidate
1975 - Chinese archeologists discover a 3-acre burial site with 6,000 clay statues of warriors dating as early as 221 BC
1985 - Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
1995 - 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN 'safe haven' of Srebrenica.
2007 - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released.
1767 - John Quincy Adams, Braintree (Quincy) Massachusetts, 6th President of the United States (D) (1825-1829)
1899 - E. B. White, writer (Charlotte's Web, Elements of Style), (d. 1985)
1915 - Colin Purdie Kelly, US, 1st US air hero (during WW II)
1931 - Tab Hunter, American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust), born in New York City, New York
1934 - Giorgio Armani, Piacenza Italy, fashion designer (American Gigolo)
1953 - Leon Spinks, St. Louis Missouri, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic-gold-1976)
1959 - Richie Sambora, Perth Amboy, NJ, guitarist, (Bon Jovi), boyfriend of Cher & Heather Locklear
1963 - Lisa Rinna, Medford, Oregon, American actress (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place)
1967 - Jeff Corwin, American naturalist and TV personality
1867 - Businesswoman Hetty Green (32) weds Edward Henry Green
1877 - Scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell (30) weds Mabel Hubbard (19) at the Hubbard estate in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1895 - Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy Mata Hari (18) weds Dutch colonial army Captain Rudolph MacLeod in Amsterdam
1937 - Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall
1954 - Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal
1955 - "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (54) weds former fashion model and actress Kay Spreckles
1960 - Actress Gene Tierney (39) weds oil baron W. Howard Lee in Aspen, Colorado
1976 - Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia
1976 - Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)
1980 - Actor Michael Biehn (23) weds actress Carlene Olson (25)
2003 - "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (22) weds her manager A.J. Discala at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York
2009 - "Step Up" actor Channing Tatum (32) weds actress Jenna Dewan (31) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California
2009 - "Rushmore" actor Jason Schwartzman (30) weds fashion designer Brady Cunningham in San Fernando Valley
2009 - WWE star John Cena (32) weds Liz Huberdeau in Boston, Massachusetts
2009 - Actor and film director Robert Redford (71) weds artist Sibylle Szaggars (51) at the luxurious Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany
2010 - Former "Las Vegas" actress Vanessa Marcil (42) weds "CSI: NY" actor Corey Feldman (39) in New York City
1806 - James Smith, Irish/US attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 87
1926 - Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist, dies at 57
1937 - George Gershwin, American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38
1957 - Aga Khan III, Pakistani 48th Shia Iman, dies at 79
1973 - Robert Ryan, US actor (Dirty Dozens, Longest Day), dies at 63
1974 - Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
1989 - Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82
2014 - Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65