1758 - Author Noah Webster was born. He was a teacher and journalist whose name is associated with the word "dictionary."
1793 - During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded.
1846 - Ether, the painkiller, was used for the first time. The drug was invented by dentist William T. Morton.
1941 - The Nazis advanced to within 60 miles of Moscow. Romanians entered Odessa, USSR, and began exterminating 150,000 Jews.
1946 - 10 Nazi war criminals were hanged after being condemned by the Nuremberg trials.
1964 - China detonated its first atomic bomb becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.
1967 - NATO headquarters opened in Brussels.
2002 - It was reported that North Korea had told the U.S. that it had a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of a 1994 agreement with the U.S.