St. Gregory of Tours born
Boniface invested as Bishop of Germany
Death of Edmund "Ironside," King of England
Pope Innocent III orders Jews to wear a special badge
Marriage of Gilles de Rais to Catherine de Thonars
Andrea Doria, Genoese statesman, admiral born
Coronation of Henry VII as King of England
Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio born
Philip Sidney, English poet, statesman, soldier born
Death of Khwaja Muhammed Baqui Billah, Sufi mystic and missionary
"The Margaret," loaded with colonists, lands at Hampton, Virginia
Arrest of Father Urbain Grandier, for witchcraft
William Habington, English poet, dies.
Irish satirist Jonathan Swift satirist, wrote "Gulliver's Travels" born
8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated a force of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. At least 10,000 Russians died in the battle. The Swedish Army lost 600. Charles XII died on this day in 1718.
The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. (He was acquitted by the Senate.)
Oliver Fisher Winchester, rifle maker. born
Novelist Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) born
Mexico declares war on France.
In the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet and part of the harbor at the battle of Sinope.
British statesman Sir Winston Churchill born
A.J. Ehrichson of Akron, Ohio, patented the oat-crushing machine.
The New Free Press of Vienna, this critic who praised Brahms and condemned Wagner and Bruckner announced that Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" was so dissonant that, quote, "this love bliss runs down the spine like a cold snakeskin."
Irish author Oscar Wilde died in Paris.
President Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounces segregation of Japanese school children in San Francisco.
Movie director Gordon Parks born
Actor Efrem Zimbalist Junior (some sources say 1923) born
Actress Virginia Mayo born
Former New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm born
Actor Richard Crenna born
Leos Janacek wrote I were soon to settle my account with life." He was 74 when he wrote that, in the midst of the most phenomenal Indian summer any composer ever had.
TV personality and producer Dick Clark born
Radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy born
Country singer Teddy Wilburn born
London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.
Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen born
Actor Robert Guillaume born
The Russo-Finnish War started after the Soviet Union failed to obtain territorial concessions from Finland.
Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. They would divorce in the 1950's - after the 1954 season run on "I Love Lucy."
Singer Luther Ingram. born
Singer Rob Grill (The Grassroots) born
Playwright David Mamet born
Communists complete the division of Berlin, installing the government in the Soviet sector.
Chinese Communists captured Chungking.
Sealtest concentrated milk was offered for sale by the Clover Dairy of Wilmington, Delaware.
Actor Mandy Patinkin born
Musician Shuggie Otis born
Singer June Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) born
Country singer Jeannie Kendall (The Kendalls) born
Elizabeth Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, was injured when an 8-pound meteorite crashed through the roof of her house.
Football and baseball player Bo Jackson born
U Thant of Burma was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
Rapper Jalil (Whodini) born
Actor-director Ben Stiller born
The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.
India and Pakistan decide to end a 10-year trade ban.
Country singer Mindy McCready born
Israel pulled its forces out of a 93-mile-long corridor along the Gulf of Suez as part of an interim peace agreement with Egypt.
John Paul II is first pope in 1,000 years to attend an Orthodox mass.
The United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
The motion picture "Ghandi," starring Ben Kingsley as the spiritual leader who led India to independence from Britain, had its world premiere in New Delhi.
President Ronald Reagan arrived in Brasilia, Brazil, to begin a four-nation tour of Latin America.
Robert Sullivan, convicted of the 1973 robbery and murder of assistant restaurant manger Donald Schmidt, was executed by the state of Florida despite an appeal from Pope John Paul II to spare him.
President Reagan pocket-vetoed legislation that would have tied continued military aid for El Salvador to its progress on human rights and land reform.
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl visited President Reagan at the White House to discuss arms control issues.
Time magazine published an interview with President Reagan, who described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a "national hero."
An interview broadcast by NBC, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev acknowledged that his country was engaged in "Star Wars"-related research, but said there were no plans to build a space-based system against nuclear attack.
Author James Baldwin died in St. Paul de Vence, France, at age 63.
The Soviet Union stopped jamming broadcasts of Radio Free Europe for the first time in 30 years.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company was declared the winner of the corporate free-for-all to take over RJR Nabisco Incorporated with a bid of $24.53 billion.
Alfred Herrhausen, chairman of West Germany's largest bank, was killed in a bombing in Bad Homburg. The Red Army Faction claimed responsibility.
President Bush left Washington for his first summit with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev that took place aboard ships off the Mediterranean island of Malta.
President Bush announced that Secretary of State James Baker III would go to Iraq in a last-ditch diplomatic peace effort.
President Bush named outgoing Florida Governor Bob Martinez to head the nation's war on drugs.
Boris Yeltsin's Russian Federation agreed to bail out Mikhail Gorbachev's central Soviet government from a budget crisis that threatened to cut off the salaries of millions of workers and paralyze the country.
The U.S. Supreme Court voting 6-3 sustained women's basic right to abortion
President Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
Authorities in California arrested Richard Allen Davis, who confessed to abducting and slaying 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and wounded in New York during a robbery.
Two passengers died and nearly one-thousand others and crew members fled the cruise ship "Achille Lauro" after it caught fire off the coast of Somalia; the ship sank two days later. (The Achille Lauro had gained notoriety in 1985 when it was hijacked by Palestinian extremists.)
President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland, where he implored Roman Catholics and Protestants alike not to surrender to the impulses of "old habits and hard grudges," proving once again his poor understanding of world problems.
Some 150-thousand people filled the streets of Belgrade to protest Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
1960's novelty singer Tiny Tim, best remembered for his rendition of "Tiptoe Thru' the Tulips," died in Minneapolis.
Czech Premier Vaclav Klaus formally handed in his government's resignation in the wake of a campaign financing scandal.
In Tajikistan, French hostage Karine Mane was killed with five suspected kidnappers when a grenade exploded during a failed rescue operation; a companion had been released hours earlier.
Deutsche Bank AG officially announced it was acquiring Bankers Trust Corporation for more than $10 billion.
Quebec's separatist premier, Lucien Bouchard, was returned to power, but with only 43 percent of the vote, setting back the Parti Quebecois' goal of seeking independence from Canada.
The opening of a 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle was disrupted by at least 40,000 demonstrators, some of whom clashed with police.
Australian Senate passes resolution opposing death penalty in shadow of Van Nguyen execution
Groups prepare for December WTO talks
Virginia Governor commutes 1,000th US execution
EU states warned on CIA prisons
Computer professionals celebrate 10th birthday of A.L.I.C.E.
U.S. military covertly pays to run stories in Iraqi press
Xbox 360 shortages expected on debut day in Europe
Kurdish operating system under investigation by Turkish attorney general
Don Brash, ex-leader of New Zealand National Party, leaves politics
India's economy grows annual 9.2% in Q2
Armed troops take control of Suva, Fiji
US lawsuit challenges church as polling place
New Zealand MPs to receive payrise
Ganguly makes comeback in Indian Test squad
Science curriculum director resigns from Texas Education Agency
Daredevil Evel Knievel dies at age 69
German pilot Elly Beinhorn dies, aged 100
Sudanese protesters demand death for British teacher
Minnesota oil pipeline explosion and fire kills two
British teacher convicted of insulting Islam in Sudan
Hostage taker surrenders peacefully at Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office
JÃ¸rn Utzon, Sydney Opera House architect, dies at the age of 90
Riots in Nigeria kill nearly 400
Tourists struggle to escape as Bangkok airport blockades enter sixth day
Iran to build ten new uranium enrichment plants
Five dead, ten critically injured after van carrying children rolls on Louisiana highway
Soviet statue returns to Moscow
Porfirio Lobo wins Honduran presidential elections
Chelsea Clinton engaged to banker Marc Mezvinsky
LHC sets new particle energy acceleration record
Boat accident in Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 73
Prime Minister of Vanuatu loses seat over paperwork error
Tony Blair debates religion with Christopher Hitchens in Canada
Gibraltarian Chief Minister suggests joint sovereignty with Spain
Wikileaks cable disclosure shows Arab fears of Iranian ambitions
European Commission to investigate anti-competitive allegations against Google
California judge jails Michael Jackson doctor
Study: Fish reduces Alzheimer's disease risk
Locally designed, low emissions car launched in Qatar
Sandra Fluke nominated by Time magazine for Person of the Year