1782 - The Spanish captured Minorca from the British.
1783 - Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1861 - Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.
1885 - Congo State was established under Leopold II of Belgium, as a personal possession.
1924 - The BBC time signals, or "pips", from Greenwich Observatory were heard for the first time. They are broadcast every hour.
1931 - Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.
1961 - The first issue of the "Sunday Telegraph" was published.
1997 - Switzerland's "Big Three" banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.
2003 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq's material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.