Today is the 269th day of the year, with 96 days remaining until the new year.
46 BC - Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus.
1580 AD - Sir Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.
1687 - The Parthenon in Athens, Greece is partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini who are besieging the Ottoman Turks.
1687 - The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
1783 - The first battle of Shays' Rebellion begins.
1789 - Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first Secretary of State, John Jay is appointed the first Chief Justice, Samuel Osgood is appointed first Postmaster General, and Edmund Randolph is appointed first Attorney General.
1908 - Ed Reulbach becomes the first and only pitcher to throw two shutouts in one day against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1914 - The United States Federal Trade Commission is established.
1918 - The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, lasting almost two months.
1944 - Operation Market Garden is proved to be a failure.
1954 - Japanese rail ferry Toya Maru, sinks during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait of Japan, killing 1,172 people.
1960 - In Chicago, the first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
1970 - The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California burning nearly 175,425 acres to the ground.
1981 - Pitcher Nolan Ryan sets a Major League record by throwing his fifth no-hitter.
2008 - Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy, becomes the first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.