1758 - During the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne at what is now known as Pittsburgh.
1783 - During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the U.S.
1867 - Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.
1936 - The Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement between Japan and Germany, was signed.
1990 - Poland held its first popular presidential election.
1992 - The Czech parliament voted to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics beginning January 1, 1993.
1995 - Serbs protested in the streets of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo The protest was against a peace plan.
1998 - The IMF (International Monetary Fund) approved a $5.5 billion bailout for Pakistan.