9 – Arminius’ alliance of six Germanic tribes ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.
1000 Battle of Svolder.
1379 Treaty of Neuberg, split Austrian Habsburg lands between the Habsburg Dukes Albert III and Leopold III.
1493 Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in the fight against the invasion by the Ottoman Empire.
1513 James IV of Scotland was defeated and died in the Battle of Flodden Field, ending Scotland’s involvement in the War of the League of Cambrai.
1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, was crowned “Queen of Scots”.
1739 Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain’s mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, started.
1754 William Bligh, British naval officer, was born (d. 1817).
1791 Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, was named after President George Washington.
1828 Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, was born (d. 1910).
1839 John Herschel took the first glass plate photograph.
1850 – The Compromise of 1850 stripped Texas of a third of its claimed territory in return for the U.S. federal government assuming $10 million of Texas’s pre-annexation debt.
1886 The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was finalised.
1914 World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army.
1922 Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 ended with Turkish victory over the Greeks.
1922 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter, was born (d. 2000).
1923 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republican People’s Party.
1924 Hanapepe Massacre on Kauai, Hawaii.
1926 – The U.S. National Broadcasting Company was formed.
1940 George Stibitz pioneered the first remote operation of a computer.
1941 Otis Redding, American singer and songwriter, was born (d. 1967).
1942 World War II: A Japanese floatplane dropped incendiary bombs on Oregon.
1944 World War II: The Fatherland Front took power in Bulgaria through a military coup in the capital and armed rebellion in the country establishing anew pro-Soviet government.
1945 Second Sino-Japanese War: Japan formally surrendered to China.
1945 First case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodged in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.
1948 Republic Day of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
1951 Alexander Downer, Australian politician, was born.
1952 David A. Stewart, English musician (Eurythmics), was born.
1960 Hugh Grant, English actor, was born.
1965 – Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages.
1966 Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian, was born.
1969 Rachel Hunter, New Zealand model and actress, was born.
1969 Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 DC-9 collided in flight with a Piper PA-28 and crashed near Fairland, Indiana.
1971 The four-day Attica Prison riot began.
1976 The Wanganui Computer Act established the New Zealand government’s first centralised electronic database.
1990 1990 Batticaloa massacre, massacre of 184 minority Tamil civilians by Sri Lankan Army.
1991 Tajikstan gains independence from the Soviet Union.
2000 Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón, granddaughter of king Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.
2001 Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, was assassinated in Afghanistan.
2001 – Pärnu methanol tragedy in Pärnu County, Estonia.
2004 – 2004 Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta killed 10 people.
2009 – Vladikavkaz bombing: a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at the Central market in Vladikavkaz killing at least 17 and injuring more than 160.
2009 – The Dubai Metro, the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula, was ceremonially inaugurated.
2010 – A natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California, created a “wall of fire” more than 1,000 feet (300 m) high.
2012 – A wave of attacks killed more than 108 people and injure 351 others in Iraq.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia