1507: A world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.
1859: Ground was broken for the Suez Canal.
1901: New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill which imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways.
1945: During World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses.
1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.
1974: The "Carnation Revolution" took place in Portugal as a bloodless military coup toppled the Estado Novo regime.