1858 - H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.
1881 - The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" took place in Tombstone, Arazona. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.
1905 - Norway gained independence from Sweden.
1942 - The U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz during World War II.
1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf ended. The battle was won by American forces and brought the end of the Pacific phase of World War II into sight.
1958 - Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York City to Paris.
1994 - Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty.
1998 - A French lab found a nerve agent on an Iraqi missile warhead.
2002 - Russian authorities pumped a gas into a theater where separatist rebels held over 800 hostages. The gas killed 116 hostages and all 50 hostage-takers were killed by the gas or gunshot wounds.