- 1824 - Birthday: William Thomson physicist & engineer born in Belfast, Ireland (died Dec 17, 1907, age 83).
- 1854 - Birthday: Robert Borden, 8th PM of Canada (1911-20), born in Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia (died June 10, 1937, age 82).
- 1894 - Karl Benz gets US patent for gasoline-driven auto.
- 1934 - Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd US President) signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions.
- 1947 - Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a heart attack (born July 3, 1870, age 76).
- 1975 - Indian PM Indira Gandhi declares a state of emergency.
- 1977 - Elvis Presley signs in Indianapolis to deliver last performance of his career.
- 1997 - Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling published.
- 2015 - Kuwait: A Saudi suicide bomber kills 27 & injures 227 people at Shia Imam al-Sadiq mosque.