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- 48 BC – Pompey the Great is assassinated on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt.
- 235 – Pope Pontian resigns. He and Hippolytus, church leader of Rome, are exiled to the mines of Sardinia.
- 351 – Battle of Mursa Major: the Roman Emperor Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius.
- 365 – Roman usurper Procopius bribes two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself Roman emperor.
- 935 – Saint Wenceslas is murdered by his brother, Boleslaus I of Bohemia.
- 995 – Members of Slavník's dynasty – Spytimír, Pobraslav, Porej and Cáslav are murdered by Boleslaus's son, Boleslaus II the Pious.
- 1066 – William the Bastard (as he was known at the time) invades England beginning the Norman Conquest.
- 1106 – The Battle of Tinchebrai – Henry I of England defeats his brother, Robert Curthose.
- 1238 – Muslim Valencia surrenders to the besieging King James I of Aragon the Conqueror.
- 1322 – Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor defeats Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf.
- 1448 – Christian I is crowned king of Denmark.
- 1538 – Ottoman–Venetian War: The Ottoman Navy scores a decisive victory over a Holy League fleet in the Battle of Preveza.
- 1542 – Navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives at what is now San Diego, California, United States.
- 1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
- 1781 – American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War.
- 1787 – The newly completed United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
- 1791 – France becomes the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.
- 1844 – Oscar I of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
- 1867 – Toronto becomes the capital of Ontario.
- 1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island.
- 1868 – Battle of Alcolea causes Queen Isabella II of Spain to flee to France.
- 1889 – The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice.
- 1871 – Brazilian Parliament passes the Law of the Free Womb, granting freedom to all new children born to slaves, the first major step in the eradication of slavery in Brazil.
- 1901 – Philippine-American War: Filipino guerrillas kill more than forty American soldiers in a surprise attack in the town of Balangiga on Samar Island.
- 1912 – The Ulster Covenant is signed by half a million Ultonians in opposition to the Third Irish Home Rule Bill.
- 1918 – World War I: The Fifth Battle of Ypres begins.
- 1919 – Race riots begin in Omaha, Nebraska, US.
- 1928 – The U.K. Parliament passes the Dangerous Drugs Act outlawing cannabis.
- 1928 – Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.
- 1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland after their invasion during World War II.
- 1939 – Warsaw surrenders to Nazi Germany during World War II.
- 1944 – Soviet Army troops liberate Klooga concentration camp in Klooga, Estonia.
- 1950 – Indonesia joins the United Nations.
- 1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.
- 1958 – France ratifies a new Constitution of France; the French Fifth Republic is then formed upon the formal adoption of the new constitution on October 4. Guinea rejects the new constitution, voting for independence instead.
- 1960 – Mali and Senegal join the United Nations.
- 1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
- 1962 – The Paddington tram depot fire destroys 65 trams in Brisbane, Australia.
- 1971 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
- 1973 – The ITT Building in New York City is bombed in protest at ITT's alleged involvement in the September 11, 1973 coup d'état in Chile.
- 1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London.
- 1994 – The car ferry sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
- 1995 – Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros in a coup.
- 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
- 1996 – Former president of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is tortured and brutally murdered by the Taliban.
- 2000 – Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits Al Aqsa Mosque known to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
- 2008 – SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
- 2009 – The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, raped, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre.
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