1695 - The window tax was imposed in Britain, which resulted in many windows being bricked up.
1857 - Britain's Queen Victoria decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.
1923 - In London, the BBC first broadcast the chimes of Big Ben.
1946 - U.S. President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.
1955 - General Motors became the first U.S. corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year.
1960 - The farthing coin, which had been in use in Great Britain since the 13th century, ceased to be legal tender.
1999 - Sarah Knauss died at the age of 119 years. She was the world's oldest person. She was born September 24, 1880.