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1943: British, Canadian and American armies land in Sicily.
1940: The Parliament assembled at the Grand-Casino de Vichy votes the end of the Third Republic, by 569 votes to 80 and 19 abstentions. All powers belong to the President of the Council, Marshal Philippe Pétain.
1898: Beginning of the Fashoda crisis, which opposes the English and French Sudan.
1559: Injured in the eye during a tournament of chivalry, the king of France Henry II expires after a long agony.
138: On the death of Emperor Hadrian, his adopted son Antonin succeeds him.