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Luther begins Protestant Revolution nailing 95 Theses to church door in Wittenberg
Oedipus Tyrannus inaugurates Palladio's Teatro Olimpico in Vincenza, Italy
Jacopo Peri and Ottavio Rinuccini produce Dafne, the first opera
George Chapman published first English translation of Homer's epics
Parthenon bombarded by Venetians
Mississippi Scheme and South Sea Bubble financial panics
Excavations begin at Pompeii
Declaration of Independence, Gibbon's Decline and Fall of Roman Empire, and Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
French Revolution begins
Greek War of Independence from Ottoman Empire
Oxford and Cambridge begin performing ancient Greek tragedies
Sears offers 1,000,000 volumes of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ for sale