It is the 259th day of the year with 106 days remaining.
1386 - King Henry V of England is born, belonging to the House of Lancaster.
1736 - Daniel Fahrenheit, a Dutch-German-Polish physicist known for inventing the alcohol thermometer, mercury thermometer, and the temperature scale now named after him, dies at the age of 50.
1776 - The Battle of Harlem Heights is fought during the American Revolutionary War.
1810 - With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo, begins Mexico's fight for independence from Spain.
1880 - The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation's oldest, continuously-independent college daily in the United States.
1908 - The General Motors Corporation is founded.
1919 - The American Legion is incorporated.
1920 - A bomb in a horse-drawn wagon, explodes in front of the J.P. Morgan building in New York City. 38 people are killed and 400 are injured.
1925 - American blues musician and influential guitarist B.B. King is born.
1945 - The surrender of Japanese troops in Hong Kong occurs. The surrender is accepted by the Royal Navy Admiral Sir Cecil Harcourt.
1947 - Typhoon Kathleen hits Saitama, Tokyo and Tone River area, claiming at least 1,930 deaths.
1955 - American Major League Baseball shortstop and center fielder, who spent his 20-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Robin Yount is born.
1966 - The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera, Antony and Cleopatra.
1975 - Papua New Guinea gains its independence from Australia.
1978 - An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
1987 - The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.
1991 - The trial of the deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega begin in the United States.