1647 Achsah Young, a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a "witch." It was the first recorded American execution of a "witch."
1907 The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.
1931 Piccard and Knipfer made the first flight into the stratosphere, by balloon
1941 The German battleship Bismarck was sunk by British naval and air forces. 2,300 people were killed
1985 In Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997
1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease-fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the leader of the rebels