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Events*622 - Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina.
- 1493 - Christopher Columbus departs on his second expedition to the New World.
- 1664 - The Netherlands surrenders New Amsterdam to England.
- 1789 - The United States Supreme Court and the position of Attorney General are established.
- 1789 - The United States Post Office Department is established.
- 1841 - The Sultan of Brunei cedes Sarawak to Britain.
- 1852 - The first airship is displayed.
- 1869 - "Black Friday": Gold prices plummet as Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market.
- 1890 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy.
- 1903 - Edmund Barton steps down as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeded by Alfred Deakin.
- 1940 - Baseball: Jimmie Foxx becomes the second member of the 500 home run club with a home run at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1948 - The Honda Motor Company is founded.
- 1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends United States National Guard troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.
- 1961 - The old Deutsche Opernhaus in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg *2005 - returns to its newly rebuilt house as the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
- 1962 - United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith.
- 1973 - Guinea-Bissau declares its independence from Portugal.
- 1988 - 1988 Summer Olympics: Ben Johnson "defeated" Carl Lewis and Linford Christie in 100 metres sprinting in a record time of 9.79 seconds. (Johnson would later be disqualified in a high profile case of doping in sports.)
- 1991 - Nirvana releases Nevermind.
- 1991 - Red Hot Chili Peppers releases Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
- 1993 - Brøderbund releases the computer game ''Myst.''
- 2005 - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and Houston, Texas.
- 2005 - September 24, 2005 anti-war protest
- 15 - Vitellius, Roman Emperor (d. 69)
- 1301 - Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (d. 1372)
- 1501 - Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician (d. 1576)
- 1534 - Guru Ram Das, fourth Sikh Guru (d. 1581)
- 1564 - William Adams, British navigator and samurai (d. 1620)
- 1583 - Albrecht von Wallenstein, Austrian general (d. 1634)
- 1625 - Johan de Witt, Dutch politician (d. 1672)
- 1705 - Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (d. 1766)
- 1717 - Horace Walpole, British novelist and politician (d. 1797)
- 1724 - Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (d. 1803)
- 1755 - John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1835)
- 1817 - Ramon de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet and philosopher (d. 1901)
- 1857 - Richard Mansfield, German-born actor (d. 1907)
- 1871 - Lottie Dod, English athlete (d. 1960)
- 1878 - C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (d. 1947)
- 1884 - Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (d. 1953)
- 1890 - A. P. Herbert, British humorist, barrister, novelist (d. 1971)
- 1894 - Tommy Armour, Anglo-American golfer (d. 1968)
- 1895 - André Frédéric Cournand, French born physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1988)
- 1896 - F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist (d. 1940)
- 1898 - Howard Walter Florey, Australian-born pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1968)
- 1899 - Sir William Dobell, Australian portrait artist (d. 1970)
- 1905 - Severo Ochoa, Spanish–born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1993)
- 1911 - Konstantin Chernenko, Soviet premier (d. 1985)
- 1912 - Don Porter, American actor (d. 1997)
- 1918 - Audra Lindley, American actress (d. 1997)
- 1919 - Dayton Allen, American actor and comedian (d. 2004)
- 1921 - Jim McKay, American sports commentator
- 1923 - Louis Edmonds, American actor (d. 2001)
- 1924 - Theresa Merritt, American actress (d. 1998)
- 1925 - Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (d. 2004)
- 1930 - John Young, American astronaut
- 1931 - Anthony Newley, British actor and singer (d. 1999)
- 1934 - Manfred Wörner, German politician and diplomat (d. 1994)
- 1936 - Jim Henson, American puppeteer (d. 1990)
- 1941 - Linda McCartney, American singer and activist (d. 1998)
- 1942 - Gerry Marsden, English singer (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
- 1945 - Lou Dobbs, American journalist
- 1946 - "Mean" Joe Greene, American football player
- 1946 - Lars Emil Johansen, Prime Minister of Greenland
- 1948 - Gordon Clapp, American actor
- 1948 - Phil Hartman, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1950 - Alan Colmes, American talk show host
- 1951 - Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish movie director
- 1954 - Patrick Kelly, American fashion designer (d. 1990)
- 1956 - Hubie Brooks, baseball player
- 1958 - Kevin Sorbo, American actor
- 1959 - Steve Whitmire, American voice actor
- 1962 - Nia Vardalos, Canadian actress, writer, and comedienne
- 1966 - Michael J. Varhola, American author, editor, publisher, and game designer.
- 1969 - Shawn "Clown" Crahan, American musician (Slipknot)
- 1969 - Donald DeGrate, Jr., American music producer
- 1976 - Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American professional wrestler
- 1978 - Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer
- 1980 - John Arne Riise, Norwegian footballer
- 1982 - Morgan Hamm, American gymnast
- 1982 - Paul Hamm, American gymnast
- 366 - Pope Liberius
- 768 - Pippin the Short, King of the Franks (b. 714)
- 1054 - Hermannus Contractus, scholar (b. 1013)
- 1143 - Agnes of Germany, daughter of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1072)
- 1143 - Pope Innocent II
- 1180 - Manuel I Comnenus, Byzantine Emperor
- 1213 - Gertrude of Meran, queen of Andrew II of Hungary (murdered) (b. 1185)
- 1275 - Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford, Constable of England (b. 1208)
- 1435 - Isabeau of Bavaria, queen of Charles VI of France
- 1494 - Poliziano, Italian humanist (b. 1454)
- 1541 - Paracelsus, Swiss alchemist (b. 1493)
- 1545 - Albert of Mainz, archbishop and elector of Mainz (b. 1490)
- 1605 - Manuel Mendes, Portuguese composer
- 1621 - Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Polish military commander (b. 1560)
- 1646 - Duarte Lobo, Portuguese composer
- 1707 - Vicenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (b. 1642)
- 1732 - Emperor Reigen of Japan (b. 1654)
- 1802 - Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer (b. 1749)
- 1834 - Pedro I of Brazil, Emperor of Brazil (b. 1798)
- 1904 - Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1860)
- 1930 - William A. MacCorkle, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1857)
- 1939 - Carl Laemmle, German film producer (b. 1867)
- 1975 - Earle Cabell, Texas politician (b. 1906)
- 1981 - Patsy Kelly, American actress (b. 1910)
- 1984 - Neil Hamilton, American actor (b. 1899)
- 1991 - Dr. Seuss, American children's writer (b. 1904)
- 2003 - Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey (b. 1924)
- 2003 - Edward Said, Palestinian-born literary critic (b. 1935)
- 2004 - Françoise Sagan, French writer (b. 1935)
- 2005 - Tommy Bond, American actor (b. 1926)
- 1992 - Elad (Ladechka) Lener, someone* R . I . P . *
- Late Roman Empire - start of the indiction year (at least since the time of Bede)
- In ancient Latvia, the third day of Mikeli, and the only day of the year during which men proposed to their prospective wives.
- R.C. Saints - conception of John the Baptist; Our Lady of Mercy
- Guinea-Bissau - Independence Day (declared, from Portugal, 1973)
- New Caledonia - Territorial Day
- South Africa - Heritage Day.
- Barcelona, Spain - La Mercè the festival for Barcelona's patron saint. A lot of art and musical activities: Website (obsolete link)
- Trinidad and Tobago - Republic Day (1976)
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