- 392 Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion the state religion
- 1519 1st meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico
- 1701 William Penn presents Charter of Priviliges
- 1734 Vincent la Chapelle, master cook to various nobility and royalty, forms Free Masons Lodge in Netherlands
- 1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays
- 2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences"
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened
On November 8, 1602