1356 - The Battle of Poitiers was fought between England and France. Edward "the Black Prince" captured France's King John.
1777 - The Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
1796 - U.S. President Washington's farewell address was published.
1819 - John Keats wrote "Ode to Autumn."
1876 - Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.
1891 - "The Merchant of Venice" was performed for the first time at Manchester.
1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
1955 - Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the "Producer's Showcase" presentation of "Our Town" on NBC-TV.
1955 - Argentina President Juan Peron was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.
1957 - The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.
1959 - Nikita Khruschev was not allowed to visit Disneyland due to security reasons. Khrushchev reacted angrily.
1960 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, checked out of the Shelburne Hotel angrily after a dispute with the management.
1970 - "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered on CBS-TV.
1982 - Scott Fahlman became the first person to use :-) in an online message.
1983 - Lebanese army units defending Souk el-Gharb were supported in their effort by two U.S. Navy ships off Beirut.
1984 - China and Britain completed a draft agreement transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.
1986 - U.S. health officials announced that AZT, though an experimental drug, would be made available to AIDS patients.
1988 - Israel successfully launched the Horizon-I test satellite.
1990 - Iraq began confiscating foreign assets of countries that were imposing sanctions against the Iraqi government.
1992 - The U.N. Security Council recommended suspending Yugoslavia due to its role in the Bosnian civil war.
1994 - U.S. troops entered Haiti peacefully to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1995 - The U.S. Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill.
1995 - The commander of American forces in Japan and the U.S. ambassador apologized for the rape of a schoolgirl committed by three U.S. servicemen.
1996 - The government of Guatemala and leftist rebels signed a peace treaty to end their long war.
2002 - In Ivory Coast, around 750 rebel soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. U.S. troops landed on September 25th to help move foreigners, including Americans, to safer areas.
2003 - It was reported that AOL Time Warner was going to drop "AOL" from its name and be known as Time Warner Inc. The company had announced its merger and name change on January 10, 2000.