1289 - Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli.
1429 - Joan of Arc lead Orleans, France, to victory over Britain.
1661 - The Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.
1672 - King Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.
1813 - Rubber was patented by J.F. Hummel.
1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1856 - A peace treaty was signed between England and Russia.
1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.
1916 - Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities in Dublin.
1918 - Germany's Western Front offensive ended in World War I.
1945 - In a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were married. Hitler designated Admiral Karl Doenitz his successor.
1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
1946 - Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1988 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev promised more religious freedom.
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
1997 - Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first U.S.-Russian space walk.
1998 - Brazil announced a plan to protect a large area of Amazon forest.