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630 – Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.
1688 – James II of England abdicated the throne by throwing the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames.
1789 – The University of North Carolina is chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
1816 – Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.
1863 – Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer, born in Delaware (d. 1941)
1880 – Oliver Winchester, American businessman and politician, died in Connecticut (b. 1810)
1882 – Fiorello La Guardia, American politician, 99th Mayor of New York City born in New York(d. 1947)
1889 – Walter Knott, American farmer, founded Knott's Berry Farm , born in California (d. 1981)
1917 – British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.
1936 – Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII's abdication as King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India, becomes effective.
1938 – McCoy Tyner, American pianist and composer, born in Pennsylvania.
1939 – Tom Hayden, American politician and activist. born in Detroit, Michigan.
1941 – World War II: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans' declaration of war on the Empire of Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on them.
1944 – Teri Garr, American actress, born in Lakewood, Ohio
1954 – Jermaine Jackson, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Jackson 5), born in Gary, Indiana
1964 – Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York.
1964 – Sam Cooke, American singer-songwriter (The Highway Q.C.'s and The Soul Stirrers), died in California. (b. 1931)
1968 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus featuring The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, The Dirty Mac, Yoko Ono, Sir Robert Fossett's Circus and the Nurses is filmed at the Intertel (V.T.R. Services) Studio, Wycombe Road, Wembley.
1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
2012 – Ravi Shankar, Indian-American sitar player and composer, died in San Diego, California. (b. 1920)
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