69 – Emperor Vitellius was captured and murdered at the Gemonian stairs in Rome.
880 – Luoyang, eastern capital of the Tang Dynasty, was captured by rebel leader Huang Chao during the reign of Emperor Xizong.
1135 – Stephen of Blois became King of England
1550 Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher, was born (d. 1631).
1639 Jean Racine, French dramatist was born (d. 1699).
1769 – Sino-Burmese War (1765–1769) ended with an uneasy truce.
1790 – Turkish fortress of Izmail was stormed and captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.
1805 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist, was born (d. 1893).
1807 The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, was passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.
1809 The Non-Intercourse Act, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1819 Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician, was born (d. 1892).
1851 – The first freight train was operated in Roorkee, India.
1858 Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, was born (d. 1924).
1885 Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
1888 J. Arthur Rank, British film producer, was born (d. 1972).
1901 André Kostelanetz, American popular music orchestra leader and arranger, was born (d. 1980).
1907 Dame Peggy Ashcroft, English actress, was born(d. 1991).
1909 Patricia Hayes, English actress, was born (d. 1998).
1914 Swami Satchidananda, Yogi and Spiritual teacher, was born (d. 2002).
1916 Peter Fraser, who later became Prime Minister, was charged with sedition following a speech attacking the government’s military conscription policy.
1942 Dick Parry, English musician (Pink Floyd), was born.
1948 Noel Edmonds, English game show host, was born.
1949 Maurice Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees) was born (d. 2003).
1949 – Robin Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees), was born (d. 2012).
1956 Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity was born.
1962 Ralph Fiennes, English actor, was born.
1963 The cruise ship Lakonia burned 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
1964 First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).
1965 A 70mph speed limit was applied to all rural roads in Britain, including motorways, for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.
1978 The Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in Beijing, with Deng Xiaoping reversing Mao-era policies to pursue a program for Chinese economic reform.
1989 After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu took over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s Communist dictatorship.
1989 – Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate re-opened after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
1990 Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.
1992 – Archives of Terror – archives describing the fates of thousands of Latin Americans who had been secretly kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay – were discovered by Dr. Martín Almada, and a human-rights activist and judge, José Agustín Fernández. This was known as Operation Condor.
1997 Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas werre massacred by paramilitary forces.
2001 Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, handeed over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
2001 – Richard Reid attempted to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
2008– An ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing 1.1 billion gallons (4.2 million m³) of coal fly ash slurry.
2010 – The repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
2015 – SpaceX landed a first stage Falcon 9 rocket on ground, after reaching Low Earth orbit at 1:40 UTC for the first time in history.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia