It is the 346th day of the year, with only 19 days remaining until the new year.
1098 - The massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan occurs during the First Crusade. They breach the town's walls and kills about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they resort to cannibalism.
1787 - Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution.
1935 - The Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler.
1941 - Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Phillipines. Jesus Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off.
1941 - F4F Wildcats sink 4 major Japanese ships off of Wake island.
1941 - Adolf Hitler announces extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.
1963 - Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
1985 - Arrow Air Flight 1285, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland killing 256, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division.
2000 - The United States Supreme Court releases its final decision on Bush Vs. Gore.