- 1870 - USA: Department of Justice created.
- 1874 - Lawn tennis introduced.
- 1906 - The flag of Sweden is adopted.
- 1941 - Germany, Italy & Romania declare war on Soviet Union.
- 1964 - Birthday: Dan Brown, author of thriller fiction (The Da Vinci Code), born in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA.
- 1990 - Germany: Checkpoint Charlie decommissioned in Berlin.
- 2002 - Iran: An earthquake (6.5) hits northwestern region, killing 261+ people and injuring 1,300.