1794 - The year 1786 is found again. Rioting ensues.
1928 - Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, directed by Walt Disney. The copyright on this film is expected to expire when the sun exhausts its hydrogen and enters a red giant phase, or perhaps somewhat afterwards.
1972 - Angela Griffith is the first woman to ingest five times her weight in broccoli. Tragically she died after the resultant flatulance blew her to bits. A statue was probably erected in her memory, somewhere or other.
1978 - Jonestown incident: In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives, leading Kool-Aid to revoke their sponsorship of Jones.
2001 - The NintendoGameCube was released. It sells considerably better than the Nintendo Hypercube, which requires users to push buttons in four dimensions.
2009 - Spongebob Square pants attempts to try on round pants. The resulting wedgie places him in a 2 month long coma.