Marcus Ulpius Trajan, Emperor of Rome from AD 98-117.
Domitian, Roman emperor, murdered by conspirators (including his wife)
Death of Louis VII, King of France
Death of Hubert van Eyck, Flemish painter
Louis XI, King of France, signs an agreement with the League of the Public Weal
Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his fourth voyage
Italian lawyer and poet Claudio Achillini born
The Duke of Mayenne of France is defeated by Henry IV of France at the Battle of Arques
Anne Hutchinson, a founder of Rhode Island, 1st arrives in Boston from England
Composer Pietro Sanmartini born
Composer and Musicographer Johann Gottfried Walther born
English poet and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, writer of the first English dictionary born
French theologist and natural philosopher Jean Allamand born
US judge George Read He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence born
Mathematician Adrien-Marie Lagendre, he worked on elliptic integrals born
Composer Johann Anton Sulzer born
James Abercromby replaced as supreme commander of British forces after his defeat by French commander the Marquis of Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War.
Quebec surrenders to the British after a battle which sees the deaths of both James Wolfe and Louis Montcalm, the British and French commanders.
Oliver Holden, early Puritan pastor and statesman. He composed the hymn tune CORONATION ("All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name") in 1792 at the age of 27. born
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story born
President Washington laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol.
Chile declared its independence from Spain.
French physicist Jean Foucault, inventor of the gyroscope. born
John Towsend Trowbridge, poet and author of books for boys. He wrote the Jack Hazzard and Toby Trafford series. born
A race was held between a horse and an iron horse. The Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in The United States, was pitted against a real horse in a nine-mile course between Riley's Tavern and Baltimore. Tom Thumb suffered mechanical difficulties including a leaky boiler and lost by a considerable margin.
Robert Schumann wrote his beloved Clara that he had met with her father but failed to get his permission to marry her. In fact, dad told him never to see Clara again. The letter says Clara's father was cold and malicious, humiliating Schumann.
Congress passes the second Fugitive Slave Bill into law (the first was enacted in 1793), requiring the return of escaped slaves to their owners.
The first edition of "The New York Times" was published (goes on sale, at 2 cents a copy).
The Nebraska Relief and Aid Society is formed to help farmers whose crops were destroyed by grasshoppers swarming throughout the American West.
Harriet Maxwell Converse (her Indian name was Ga-is-wa-noh - The Watcher) became the first white woman to be named chief of an Indian tribe. Converse became chief of the Six Nations Tribe at Tonawanda Reservation in New York. She had been adopted by the Seneca tribe 7 years earlier because of her efforts on behalf of the tribe.
John Diefenbacker (Canadian Prime Minister 1957-1963) born
Daniel David Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment to Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa -- now the home of Palmer Chiropractic College.
Actor Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (Jack Benny Show, Birth of the Blues, Gone with the Wind, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad,Mad World) born
Satchel Leroy Paige (baseball's oldest player Kansas City A's at age 59 and 80 days 1965) born
Russian Premier Piotr Stolypin dies four days after being shot at the Kiev opera house by socialist lawyer Dimitri Bogroff.
The Irish Home Rule Bill becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I.
Serge Prokofiev, running from revolution in Russia, arrived in the United States. Prokofiev's exile days in Paris and America would see him produce his piano concertos which were premiered with the composer at the keyboard.
A complete Bible translation of the Old and New Testaments was published by American Bible scholar and historian James Moffatt, 54. Moffatt's intention was to make available to the lay reader, in simple language, a current scholarly understanding of the biblical text.
The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.
A hurricane that lashed Florida and the West Indies for five days left an estimated 4,000 people dead and $30 million in damage.
Charles Lindbergh takes off on a 10,000 mile air tour of South America.
Singer Jimmie Rodgers born
Singer Frankie Avalon born
The National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a National Military Establishment, went into effect.
Margaret Chase Smith becomes the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator's term when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith is also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress.
Rock musician Kerry Livgen (Kansas) born
Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., African-American neurosurgeon born
Rock musician Dee Dee Ramone born
Baseball player Ryne Sandberg born
United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.
Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) born
"The Patty Duke Show" premiered on ABC-TV.
Actress Holly Robinson Peete born
Larry Hagman (Captain Tony Nelson) and Barbara Eden (Jeannie) starred in the first episode of "I Dream of Jeannie", on NBC-TV. The show mcontinued weekly until September 1, 1970.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) born
Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Miss Vicki Budinger on the "Tonight Show." Johnny Carson, host of "The Tonight Show" was so enthralled with the falsetto voiced singer, he invited the couple to get married on the show. They did (on December 17, 1969) and TV history was made.
Rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27. Jimi Hendrix died of an overdose of sleeping pills.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith born
FBI agents in San Francisco captured heiress Patricia Hearst and two of her Symbionese Liberation Army comrades, William and Emily Harris.
Cosmonaut Arnoldo Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black to be sent on a mission in space.
A museum honoring former President Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The U.N. General Assembly opened its 39th session with appeals for the United States and the Soviet Union to resume arms negotiations.
President Reagan publicly confirmed the release of the Rev. Benjamin Weir, an American held hostage in Lebanon for 14 months. U.S. officials had kept Weir's release secret in hopes that other hostages would also be freed.
In his first public comment on the arrest of American journalist Nicholas Daniloff, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev described the reporter as a spy who was caught in the act, and he accused Washington of exploiting the case to damage superpower relations.
President Reagan announced that he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev would meet later in the year to sign a treaty banning medium- and shorter-range nuclear missiles.
The Soviet Union won the first gold medal of the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, in the women's air rifle event, while US divers picked up silver and bronze medals in women's platform.
Hurricane "Hugo" reached Puerto Rico, causing extensive damage as it continued to barrel toward the US mainland.
The city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Former savings-and-loan chief executive Charles H. Keating was jailed in Los Angeles in lieu of $5 million dollars bail after he was indicted on criminal fraud charges.
Saying he was ''pretty fed up,'' President Bush said he would send warplanes to escort U.N. helicopters searching for hidden Iraqi weapons if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein continued to impede weapons inspectors.
The space shuttle Discovery landed in California, ending a five-day mission.
Ross Perot's name was submitted for the 50th state ballot -- Arizona -- on the same day that Perot hinted on NBC's "Today" show that he might throw his hat into the presidential ring, after all.
Actors Brandon Porter and Taylor Porter ("Party of Five") born
Kimberlh Clarice Aiken of South Carolina was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Haiti's military leaders agreed to an Oct. 15 departure deadline, thereby averting a U.S.-led invasion to force them from power.
Tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend's home in Southampton, New York, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
President Clinton began a five-day re-election campaign fund-raising tour that got off to a rocky start after a deal to convert the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to civilian use collapsed at the last minute.
The O.J. Simpson civil trial opened in Santa Monica, California.
The Food and Drug Administration declared the French abortion pill RU-486 safe and effective, but withheld final approval until later.
Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole fell off a stage during a campaign rally in Chico, California, after a railing gave way; he was not seriously hurt.
Two gunmen opened fire on a group of German tourists in front of the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, killing nine of the tourists and a bus driver.
Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse agreed to merge to create the world's biggest accounting firm.
Voters in Wales narrowly approved a British government offer to set up a Welsh assembly.
Media mogul Ted Turner pledged to spend one billion dollars on United Nations causes.
Mark McGwire hit his 64th home run of the season, pulling out of a tie with Sammy Sosa
Over Democratic objections, the House Judiciary Committee voted to release President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony as well as 28-hundred pages of sometimes steamy evidence compiled by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the first player in major league baseball history to reach 60 homers twice.
A multinational fleet sailed toward East Timor, the vanguard of a U-N-approved force assigned to bring order to the bloodied Indonesian province.
Heather Renee French of Kentucky was crowned "Miss America" at the pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Singer Britney Spears gives birth to a healthy boy
Iran determined to continue with nuclear program
Rupert Murdoch: Blair says BBC "hates America"
Science of champagne bubbles explained
Stolen laptop found; had over 98,000 students' personal data
Results of German federal election
Thai media mogul drops newspaper takeover attempt
Opposition alliance wins power in Swedish elections
Two more found guilty in 1993 Mumbai blasts case
US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finds no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda
Newspaper photos highlight New Zealand PM's husband's friendship with gay doctor
Comedian pushes talk show host Charlotte Church over the edge, on air
Ethane clouds found on Titan
Germany wins Hockey World Cup
Eva Avila crowned winner of Canadian Idol
Iranian-American woman in space
Britney Spears fired by management company
Germany's minister of defence proposes to shoot down hijacked planes
ICC World Twenty20: England vs New Zealand
Nebraska Senator sues God
Greek Socialist party faces leadership issue
ICC World Twenty20: Australia vs Pakistan
ICC World Twenty20: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Student questioning Senator Kerry is tasered
Rugby World Cup: Scotland 42 - 0 Romania
UEFA Champions League round-up: September 18, 2007
Man pulls a 126,292-pound truck over 137 feet, sets world record
Libertarian U.S. presidential nominee Bob Barr trying to remove running mate Wayne Allyn Root, reports say
Russian markets to remain closed until Friday
New I-35W Minneapolis bridge opens
Two largest known prime numbers discovered just two weeks apart, one qualifies for $100k prize
Markets rally as world's central banks infuse cash
World record set for balloon blowing with nose, on US talk show
Royal Society education chief forced out in creation row
Somali pirates seize Greek freighter, 25 crew in the Gulf of Aden
Flu shots for pregnant women protect newborns after birth
Clearing the air: Positions of Canadian parties vis-Ã -vis the environment
Suicide bomber kills 30 in northwest Pakistan
200 candles: Chileans celebrate country's Bicentennial
Facebook Places launches in UK
Continental and United Airlines shareholders approve merger