- 1914 - World War I: Japan declares war on Germany.
- 1944 - France: Allied troops capture Marseille.
- 1978 - Birthday: Kobe Bryant, (NBA - LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1987 - 15 years old Adalgiso Scionih hijacks KLM B737 (97 people aboard, Amsterdam to Milan), demands $1 billion.
- 1990 - Armenia declares independence.
- 2011 - Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown (during the 2011 Libyan Civil War) after the National Transitional Council forces take control.
- 2015 - China: 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th century painting "Flowers" by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5 million at an exhibition in Taiwan.