Joe Biden 1942 - U.S. Vice President
- 1789 - New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
- 1943 - During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.
- 1945 - 24 Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
- 1947 - Britain's Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh in Westminster Abbey.
- 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U.S. ended its blockade of the island.
- 1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel's parliament.
- 1983 - An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie "The Day After." The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
- 1993 - The U.S. Senate passed the Brady Bill and legislation implementing NAFTA.