1649 The Frondeurs and the French government signed the Peace of Rueil.
1702 The Daily Courant, the UK’s first national daily newspaper was published for the first time.
1824 The United States War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1864 The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England killed more than 250 people.
1872 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, started; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
1888 The Great Blizzard of 1888 began along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
1903 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian, was born (d. 1989).
1915 J. C. R. Licklider, American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, was born (d. 1990).
1916 Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born. (d. 1995)
1916 Ezra Jack Keats, children’s author, was born (d. 1983).
1917 Baghdad fell to the Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born entrepreneur, was born.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
1945 The Imperial Japanese Navy attempted a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.
1952 Douglas Adams, English writer, was born.
1958 Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq, was born.
1977 The 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege: more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations.
1978 Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 were killed and more than 70 are wounded when Al Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel’s Operation Litani.
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev became the Soviet Union’s leader.
1990 Lithuania declared itself independent from the Soviet Union.
1990 Patricio Aylwin was sworn-in as the first democratically elected Chilean president since 1970.
1999 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
2004 Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid killed 191 people.
2006 Michelle Bachelet was inaugurated as first female president of Chile.
2009 Winnenden school shooting – 17 people were killed at a school in Germany.
2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
2012 – A US soldier killed 16 civilians in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan near Kandahar.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia