1071 Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.
1278 Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeated Premysl Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle of Marchfield near Dürnkrut in (then) Moravia.
1346 Hundred Years’ War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights was established at the Battle of Crécy.
1498 Michelangelo was commissioned to carve the Pietà.
1676 Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1745).
1768 The HM Bark Endeavour expedition under Captain James Cook set sail from England.
1778 The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen approved by National Assembly at Palace of Versailles.
1819 Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1861).
1858 First news dispatch by telegraph.
1862 American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run began.
1865 Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor, was born (d. 1946).
1866 – After two bungled attempts and near disaster at sea, the first communications cable between the North and South Islands of New Zealand was completed.
1875 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish novelist, Governor General of Canada, was born (d. 1940).
1883 The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa began its final, paroxysmal, stage.
1894 The second Maori King, Tukaroto Matutaera Potatau Te Wherowhero Tawhiao, died.
1898 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector, was born (d. 1979).
1901 – Eleanor Dark, Australian author and poet, was born (d. 1985).
1904 Christopher Isherwood, English-born writer, was born (d. 1986).
1906 Albert Sabin, American polio researcher, was born (d. 1993).
1910 Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize winning Christian missionary, was born (d. 1997).
1911 – The New Zealand Coat of Arms was warranted.
1914 World War I: the German colony of Togoland was invaded by French and British forces.
1920 The 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect, giving women the right to vote.
1940 Chad was the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor.
1942 Holocaust in Chortkiv, western Ukraine: At 2.30 am the German Schutzpolizei started driving Jews out of their houses, divided them into groups of 120, packed them in freight cars and deported 2000 to Belzec death camp; 500 of the sick and children were murdered on the spot.
1944 World War II: Charles de Gaulle entered Paris.
1957 The USSR announced the successful test of an ICBM – a “super long distance intercontinental multistage ballistic rocket … a few days ago,” according to the Soviet news agency, ITAR-TASS.
1970 The then new feminist movement, led by Betty Friedan, led a nation-wide Women’s Strike for Equality.
1977 The Charter of the French Language was adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec
1978 Pope John Paul I was elected to the Papacy.
1978 – Sigmund Jähn became first German cosmonaut on board of the Soyuz 31 spacecraft.
1980 Macaulay Culkin, American actor, was born.
1982 David Long, New Zealand musician, was born.
1992 Václav Klaus and Vladimír Mečiar signed agreement of split of Czechoslovakia in Brno.
1997 Beni-Ali massacre in Algeria; 60-100 people killed.
1999 – Russia began the Second Chechen War in response to the Invasion of Dagestan by the Islamic International Peacekeeping Brigade.
2002 – Earth Summit 2002 began in Johannesburg.
2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, received certification from the EASA and the FAA.
2013 – Nationwide protests were held across the Philippines over the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.
2015 – Two journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.
2017 – The Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing the Georgia Dome that was demolished on November 20.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia