48 BC - Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.
351 - Battle at Mursa: emperor Constantine II beats emperor Magnentius
935 - Saint Wenceslas is murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia.
1066 - William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex
1448 - Christian I is crowned king of Denmark.
1521 - Turkish sultan Suleiman I's troops occupy Belgrade
1687 - Venetians take Athens from the Turks
1760 - Russian & Austrian army occupies Berlin
1779 - American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
1785 - Napoleon Bonaparte (16) graduates from the military academy in Paris (42nd in a class of 51)
1844 - Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
1867 - Toronto becomes capital of Ontario
1879 - Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
1887 - Yellow River or Huáng Hé floods in China, killing an estimated 1.5 million people
1915 - Battle of Kut-el-Amara: British defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
1923 - Abyssinia (Ethiopia) leaves League of Nations
1928 - Prussia forbids speech from Adolf Hitler
1939 - Estonia accepts Soviet military bases
1944 - Battle of Arnhem, Germans defeat British airborne in Netherlands
1950 - Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
1958 - France adopts constitution
1958 - Guinea votes for independence from France
1961 - Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
1970 - Anwar Sadat replaces Egyptian President Nassar
1972 - Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
1985 - Race riot in London area of Brixton