The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil.
The Chinese Parliament declares war on the Central Powers.
British troops arrived Northern Ireland in response to sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Mark McGwire hits his 49th home run of the season, setting the major league home run record for a rookie.
Shannon Faulker becomes the first female cadet in the long history of South Carolina's state military college, The Citadel. Her presence is met with intense resistance, reportedly including death threats, and she will leave the school a week later.
Four coordinated suicide bomb attacks in Yazidi towns near Mosul, Iraq, kill more than 400 people.