On this day in 1626, Dutch official Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan with knives, beads, and trinkets worth just 60 guilders (US$24) from local Indians.
On this day in 1733, British boxer Bob Whittaker defeated Tito di Carni of Italy in the first international boxing match, held at Figg's Amphitheater in London.
On this day in 1882, the United States banned Chinese immigration for ten years.
On this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
On this day in 1937, the Hindenburg, the giant German trans-Atlantic zeppelin, exploded into flames and plunged to the ground while preparing to land at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 59 and injuring many others.
On this day in 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old British medical student, became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, with a time of 3:59:4.