Robert Fulton 1765 - Engineer and inventor (steamboat), Claude Monet 1840 - French impressionist painter, Aaron Copland 1900 - Composer, writer
McLean Stevenson 1929 - Actor, P.J. O'Rourke 1947 - Political satirist, journalist, writer, Condoleezza Rice 1954 - U.S. Secretary of State
1851 - Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the U.S.
1940 - During World War II, German war planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry when about 500 Luftwaffe bombers attacked.
1956 - The USSR crushed the Hungarian uprising.
1968 - Yale University announced it was going co-educational.
1969 - During the Vietnam War, Major General Bruno Arthur Hochmuth, commander of the Third Marine Division, became the first general to be killed in Vietnam by enemy fire.
1979 - U.S. President Carter froze all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks abroad in response to the taking of 63 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran.
1983 - The British government announced that U.S.-made cruise missiles had arrived at the Greenham Common air base amid protests.
1994 - U.S. experts visited North Korea's main nuclear complex for the first time under an accord that opened such sites to outside inspections.