1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1858 - The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris.
1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.
1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet.
1966 - In south Wales, 140 people were killed by a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.