- 910 - The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
- 1305 - William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
- 1583 - Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes first English colony in North America, at what is now St John's, Newfoundland.
- 1620 - The Mayflower departs Southampton, England.
- 1689 - 1,500 Iroquois attack village of Lachine, in New France.
- 1940 - World War II : Latvia is annexed by the Soviet Union.
- 1960 - Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.
- 1962 – Cotswold Declaration creating the World Union of National Socialists
- 1964 - Three Civil Rights activists are murder by Ku Klux Klan members in Mississippi.
- 1979 - In Afghanistan, Maoists undertake an attempted military uprising.
- 2009 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, begins his second term as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- 2011 - Planet of the Apes riots begins in London.