The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History
79 Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died.
1572 The slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris.
1814 British forces invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol and the White House.
1949 The North Atlantic Treaty went into effect.
1989 Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for gambling.
2006 The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a “dwarf planet.”
2007 The NFL indefinitely suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick without pay for his involvement in dogfighting.