1770: British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia
1775: American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The “Shot Heard Round the World” took place in Concord later that day
1909: Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church
1995: Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 and injuring 500
2011: Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.