1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1849 - The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY.
1858 - The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris.
1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.
1918 - Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.
1925 - The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY.
1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
1927 - In New York City, construction began on the George Washington Bridge.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet.
1959 - The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series.
1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1993 - The play "The Twilight of the Golds" opened.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
1998 - The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.
1998 - Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.