William, Duke of Normandy, led his invading army to victory over England's King Harold at Hastings. Crowned King William, he is known to history as William the Conqueror.
William de Nogaret reads the Mandate of Maubuisson againt the Templars to the leading members of the University of Paris
A Statute is enacted in England regulating the content of feather-bed stuffing
Garcilaso de la Vega, Spanish poet, dies
The Duke of Somerset, the Lord-Protector of England is sent to the Tower
Mary, Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England
Death of Luis de Molina, theologian
The English poet and sonneteer Samuel Daniel died.
James II, King of England the son of King Charles I and Queen Henriette Marie. He was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and replaced by William III and Mary II. born
William Penn, the English Quaker who founded Pennsylvania born
Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.
The Massachusetts General Court makes it illegal to harbour a Quaker
English politician George Grenville. His policy of taxing the American colonies, initiated by his Revenue Act of 1764 and the Stamp Act of 1765, started the train of events leading to the American Revolution. born
Britain's East India Company tea ships' cargo is burned at Annapolis, Md.
1st declaration of colonial rights in America.
Napoleon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany.
Blackfeet Indians attack American Fur Company trappers near Montana's Jefferson River, killing one.
A patent for a corn planter was issued to Henry Blair of Glenross, Maryland. He was the first African-American to receive a patent
Elwood Haynes, auto pioneer, built one of the first US autos born
Apache leader Victorio is slain in Mexico.
Irish political leader Eamon de Valera born
English short-story master writer Katherine Mansfield born
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States born
U.S. actress Lillian Diana Gish, her dramatic and masterful use of gestures and her expressive eyes earned her accolades as "the First Lady of the Silent Screen." born
E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings, American poet and painter who first attracted attention, in an age of literary experimentation, for his eccentric punctuation and phrasing. born
Former President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for a return to office, was shot in Milwaukee. He refused to have the wound treated until he finished his speech.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop born
Mata Hari, a Paris dancer, is executed by the French after being convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans. For more, see Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, World War II Version of the Legendary Mata Hari
Schoenberg's opera "Die Gluckishe Hand" was premiered.
Gabriel Faure wrote his wife that he intended to make sure some of his work did not survive him. Faure, then 79 years old and not well, told her he would give her sketches and rough drafts to put in the fireplace.
"The Chalk Circle," by Schoenberg's in-law Zemlinsky, was performed.
Nazi Germany announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
Movie director Carroll Ballard ("Fly Away Home") born
Former White House counsel John W. Dean the Third born
Country singer Melba Montgomery born
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren born
Singer Cliff Richard born
British pop singer Cliff Richard born
Actor Udo Kier ("Armageddon") born
British and Greek troops liberated Athens, ending three years of World War II occupation by German troops.
German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.
Singer-musician Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) born
Air Force test pilot Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell X-One rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Chuck Yeager exceeds the speed of sound in the Bell XS-1.
Actor Harry Anderson born
Singer-musician Thomas Dolby born
The idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Country musician Doug Virden (Sons of the Desert) born
Country singer Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) born
Singer Shaznay Lewis (All Saints) born
Singer Bing Crosby died outside Madrid, Spain, at age 73.
Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
A real-life drama began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22 feet down an abandoned well at a private day care center. (Hundreds of rescuers worked 58 hours to free her.)
The government reported that wholesale prices had risen a moderate four-tenths of one percent in September.
Colombia extradited three suspected drug traffickers to the United States as part of a war on the cocaine cartel.
Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein died in New York at age 72.
Russia's worst serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, was convicted of mutilating and killing 52 women and children (he was executed in 1994).
The Nobel Prize for chemistry went to American Rudolph A. Marcus; the prize for physics went to George Charpak of France.
US helicopter pilot Michael Durant and a Nigerian peacekeeper were freed by Somali fighters loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid. In Haiti, gunmen assassinated Justice Minister Guy Malary, a supporter of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
Kidnapped Israeli soldier Nachshon Waxman was killed when Israeli commandos raided the hideout of Islamic militants in Jerusalem.
An armed gunman seized a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Moscow's Red Square (commandos stormed the bus the next day, killing the gunman and freeing four remaining hostages).
The Atlanta Braves won the National League pennant by beating the Cincinnati Reds, 6-0, to complete a four-game sweep.
Madonna gave birth to a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 6,000 for the first time, ending the day at 6,010.
Archer Daniels Midland Company said it would plead guilty to two charges and pay 100 million dollars to settle a federal price-fixing case.
The Florida Marlins won the National League championship, defeating the Atlanta Braves 7-to-4 in game six.
The Nobel Prize in economics went to Americans Robert C. Merton and Myron S. Scholes for their work on derivatives.
Novelist Harold Robbins died in Palm Springs, California, at age 81.
Cleveland Amory, animal rights advocate and author, died in New York at age 81.
The San Diego Padres won the National League pennant, beating the Atlanta Braves, 5-0, in Game 6 of their championship series.
"Polka king" Frankie Yankovic died in Tampa, Florida, at age 83.
Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize in economics.
President Clinton accused Senate Republicans of recklessness and irresponsibility for defeating the nuclear test ban treaty, and pledged the United States would refrain from testing despite the treaty's rejection.
Julius Nyerere, Tanzania's first president, died in a London hospital at age 77.
Japan's Sumitomo Bank and Sakura Bank announced they would merge.
Neolithic noodles found in Qinghai, China
Snakehead fish appear in large numbers near Potomac River
Australian Senate inquiry to new anti-terrorism laws to take place in one day
Astros defeat Cardinals in second game of NLC
Anti-terror raid in The Hague
Tornado jet crashes in Scotland
Ubuntu releases third version of popular Linux distribution
Daniel Craig to be new James Bond
Virginia crime commission endorses tougher dog law legislation
UK's highest court to rule on use of information extracted under torture
South African government issues first seizure order on farm
Bush has a rehearsed tele-conference with US troops in Iraq
Girl's flu case found to be drug-resistant
Canadian PM: Liberal leadership hopefuls 'anti-Israeli'
UN security council to vote on North Korean sanctions
General Assembly elects Ban Ki-moon as next UN chief
"One-litre car" may help traffic pollution
Italy qualify for 2007 Rugby World Cup in France
Benedict XVI meets Dalai-Lama
Cheetahs and Blue Bulls draw 28-28 in Currie Cup rugby final
New roadmap unveiled for Northern Ireland devolution
Controversy-plagued Element 118, the heaviest atom yet, finally discovered
U.S. outlaws online gambling
Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank
New method of displaying time patented
Romania through to 2007 Rugby World Cup in France
Mediterranean diet reduces risk of Alzheimer's disease, study concludes
American Idol argument ends in three years probation
Thai Muslim separatists kill & behead man in presence of blindfolded daughter
New policy at Madani High School requires non-Muslim girls to wear hijabs
Burma's military rulers arrest leaders of pro-democracy protests
Australian MotoGP won by Casey Stoner
Taipei Samsung Running Festival: A combination with charity, technology, and sports
More allegations filed against Oral Roberts University
Rugby World Cup: South Africa 37 - 13 Argentina
Report says Israeli air strike targeted Syrian nuclear reactor
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification (South America): Colombia vs. Brazil
Chris McCormack, Chrissie Wellington win Ironman Triathlon
Australian Prime Minister calls federal election
US Army sergeant asserts Posse Comitatus is not being violated
Thai Queen attends protester cremation as report indicates explosive tear gas used
Chula Vista, California becomes model for blight control laws in the US
American Paul Krugman wins Nobel prize for economics
OpenOffice.org 3.0 released by Sun Microsystems
Luis Soltren surrenders in 1968 hijacking of Pan Am 281
Chomsky book banned from Guantanamo Bay
American singer and actor Al Martino dies at age 82
South African police clash with demonstrators
US Senate panel approves healthcare reform bill
Dennis Ritchie, C programming language creator, dies aged 70
Actor and television host Gary Collins dies aged 74