France annexes Tahiti (1880)
In Sudan, Muhammad Ahmad declares himself to be the Mahdi, the messianic redeemer of Islam (1881)
Jina Guseva attempts to assassinate Grigori Rasputin at his home town in Siberia (1914)
Carpathian Ruthenia is annexed by Soviet Union (1945)
The SCOTUS rules the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment" (1972)
b: Stokely Carmichael (1941); d: Otto Seeck (1921)
Get 'On this day' by RSS or via daily email.