1937– Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands; approximately 20,000 are killed over the next five days.
*. 1950– Peanuts by Charles M. Schulzis first published.
*. 1958– Guinea declares its independence from France.
*. 1959– The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBStelevision.
*. 1967– Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.
*. 1968– A peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City culminates in the Tlatelolco massacre by the order of the president, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, to the soldiers of killing unarmed students, hiding the event from the public eye. The 1968 Summer Olympics, hosted in Mexico City, started ten days after the massacre.
*. 1970– A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people.
*. 1979– Pope John Paul II denounces all forms of concentration camps and torture while speaking at the U.N.in New York City.
*. 1980– Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.
*. 1990– Xia men Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked and lands at Guangzhou, where it crashes into two other airliners on the ground, killing 128.
*. 1992– The Carandiru massacre takes place after a riot in the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, Brazil.
*. 1996– The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
*.1996 – Aeroperú Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the Pacific Ocean shortly after take off from Lima, Peru, killing 70.
*. 2001– NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
*. 2002– The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
*. 2005– Ethan Allen boating accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty.
*. 2006– Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
*. 2007– President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Koreaon his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.