1. 1793 - French Queen Marie Antoinette is guillotined for treason
2. 1854 - Oscar Wilde is born
3. 1923 - The Walt Disney Company is founded by Walt and brother Roy Disney.
4. 1934 - Embattled Chinese Communists break through Nationalist enemy lines and begin an epic flight from their encircled headquarters in southwest China known as 'The Long March'
5. 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis begins
6. 1964 - China detonates its first atomic bomb
7. 1971 - Rod Stewart begins his 2nd week at No.1 with Maggie May
8. 1974 - Three prison staff are in hospital and dozens of prisoners injured after rioting and fires at the Long Kesh Maze prison
9. 1996 - Football fans stampede before a World Cup qualifying match in Guatemala City, leaving 84 people dead
10. 1996 - The British Government announces plans to outlaw almost all handguns following the Dunblane massacre in March
11. 2011 - President Barack Obama dedicates a memorial to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in 1968
Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com, thepeopleshistory