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2009
Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
2008
Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
2002
The overcrowded Senegalese ferry ''MV Joola'' capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000.
2000
The {{MS|Express Samina}} sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.
Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turn violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
1997
An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
A Garuda Indonesia Airbus A-300 crashes near Medan, Indonesia, airport, killing 234.
1984
The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong
1983
Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a likely worldwide nuclear war by correctly identifying a report of an incoming nuclear missile as a computer error and not an American first strike.
1981
Baseball: Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.
1973
Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.
1970
The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).
1962
The Yemen Arab Republic is proclaimed.
1960
Fidel Castro announces Cuba's support for the U.S.S.R.
In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
1954
Japanese rail ferry ''Toya Maru'' sinks during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait, Japan killing 1,172.
1950
Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations.
United Nations troops recapture Seoul from the North Koreans.
1944
World War II: On the central front of the Gothic Line Brazilian troops control the Serchio valley region after ten days of fighting.
1934
Steamship {{RMS|Queen Mary}} is launched.
1918
World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, begins.
1914
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act.
1908
Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1907
New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
1872
The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) is established in New York City.
1820
Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren't poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey.
1810
A new Act of Succession is adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates and Jean Baptiste Bernadotte becomes heir to the Swedish throne.
1792
Marc-David Lasource begins accusing Maximilien Robespierre of wanting a dictatorship for France.
1789
Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first United States Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice of the United States, Samuel Osgood is appointed the first United States Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed the first United States Attorney General.
1783
The first battle of Shays' Rebellion begins.
1777
1687
The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
The Parthenon in Athens is partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.
1580
Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.
1212
Golden Bull of Sicily is certified as an hereditary royal title in Bohemia for the Přemyslid dynasty.
715
Ragenfrid defeats Theudoald at the Battle of Compiègne.