1903 - Wright Brothers Make First Powered Flight
1907 - Death of British physicist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, after whom the Kelvin scale of temperature is named
1909 - Death of King Leopold ll of Belgium
1939 - The German battleship Admiral Graf Spee is scuttled in the River Plate off Montevideo, Uruguay by British warships.
1987 - In Britain, Davi na Durbin becomes the world's first triple heart, lungs and liver transplant patient.
1989 - In Romania, as many as 2,000 anti-government protesters are massacred in the city of Timisoara
1990 - Radical priest Jean Bertrand Aristide is elected president of Haiti.
1991 - Joseph Robert Smallwood, Canadian politician who led Newfoundland into the Canadian Confederation in 1949 and became its first premier, dies just short of his 91st birthday.