In 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror, led his invading army to victory over England's King Harold at Hastings.
In 1912, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for a return to office, was shot in Milwaukee. He refused to have the wound treated until he finished his speech.
In 1926, A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh was published.
In 1944, British and Greek troops liberated Athens, ending three years of World War II occupation by German troops.
In 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager, 24, flying a Bell X-1, became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 35, became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1977, Bing Crosby, one of the most popular singers of his day and winner of the best actor Academy Award for his role in Going My Way, died of a heart attack while playing golf in Madrid. He was 74.
In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland A's, 4 games to 2, to win the American League pennant and become the first Canadian team to go to the World Series.
In 1994, the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian extremists ended with the soldier and four others being killed in a shootout. The same day, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
In 1996, the Dow Jones industrial average cracked 6,000, closing at a record 6,010.
In 2006, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to impose sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test.
In 2007, rock slides killed at least 21 people in Colombia after rumors of gold sent them digging in a mine southwest of Bogota. Ten others were reported missing.
In 2008, the Canadian Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, retained power by defeating the Liberal Party in the national elections.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation tripling American economic aid to Pakistan, a 5-year, $7.5 billion plan.
In 2010, Israel said its decision to sell $400 million worth of unmanned spy drones to Russia over a 3-year period will help contain Iran's nuclear program.
In 2011, the Obama administration reported it would have to shelve its long-term healthcare plan, passed by Congress in 2010 and designed for people with chronic illnesses and severe disabilities, because of problems in making the program financially self-sustaining.
Also in 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama advised Congress that 100 military trainers and advisers were being sent to Africa to combat the Lord's Resistance Army, a group that reportedly had committed atrocities in at least four African countries.Copyright 2012 by United Press International