1898 - Emile Zola's "J'accuse" was published in Paris.
1900 - In Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army to combat Czech nationalism.
1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.
1942 - Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile, which allowed for a 30% decrease in car weight.
1998 - One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show "Doctor Who" was found in New Zealand.
2002 - Japan and Singapore signed a free trade pact that would remove tariffs on almost all goods traded between the two countries.