1530 - Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, former adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.
1929 - The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd.
1939 - The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.
1945 - The monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed.
1947 - The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
1974 - In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.
1994 - Fighter jets attacked the capital of Chechnya and its airport only hours after Russian President Boris Yeltsin demanded the breakaway republic end its civil war.
1996 - A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
1998 - Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.