1660 - The books of John Milton were burned in London due to his attacks on King Charles II.
1789 - The Declaration of the Rights of Man was adopted by the French National Assembly.
1828 - Uruguay was formally proclaimed to be independent during preliminary talks between Brazil and Argentina.
1939 - Nazi Germany demanded the Polish corridor and Danzig.
1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1979 - Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed in a boat explosion off the coast of Ireland. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility.
1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
1991 - The Soviet republic of Moldavia declared its independence.
1999 - The final crew of the Russian space station Mir departed the station to return to Earth. Russia was forced to abandon Mir for financial reasons.