*. 1916– The United States National Park Service is created.
*. 1933– The Diexi earthquake strikes Mao County, Sichuan, China and kills 9,000 people.
*. 1939– The United Kingdom and Poland form a military alliance in which the UK promises to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power.
*. 1945– Ten days after World War II ends with Japan announcing its surrender, armed supporters of the Chinese Communist Party kill U.S. intelligence officer John Birch, regarded by some of the American right as the first victim of the Cold War.
*. 1948– The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing: "Confrontation Day" between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.
*. 1950– President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.
*. 1961– President Jânio Quadros of Brazil resigns after just seven months in power, initiating a political crisis that culminates in a military coup in 1964.
*. 1966– Sayyid Qutb is executed in Egypt.
*. 1967– George Lincoln Rockwell is assassinated.
*. 1980– Zimbabwe joins the United Nations.
*. 1988– The Chiado area in Lisbon is partially destroyed by a fire
*.1989 – Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary.
*. 1991– Belarus gains its independence from the Soviet Union
*.1991 – Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.
*.1993– The Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN) was chartered by Decree 76 of the Nigerian government. Its responsibilities include “advance(ing) the science of accounting” in Nigeria.
*. 1997– Egon Krenz, the former East German leader, is convicted of a shoot-to-kill policy at the Berlin Wall.
*. 2003– The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadianfederal government in Rae-Edzo(now called Behchoko).
*. 2013– Six people die and 22 are injured when a train derails in Huimanguillo, Tabasco, Mexico.