Find out about the main events that have taken place on this day over the years.
Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are released by the Colombian armed forces.
Steve Fossett becomes the first man to fly around the world in non-stop balloons.
The book “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is the second novel in the series to be published.
The automaker General Motors announces that it will install an electronic GPS navigation system in its high-end vehicles.
North Vietnam and South Vietnam are reunited again. The two countries will henceforth form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The first Wal-Mart store opens in Rogers, Arkansas.
Elvis Presley records the songs “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel”.
B.J. Lane invents the first gas mask.
Thomas Savery invents the steam engine.