- 733 Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel's Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting Islamic influence (date disputed)
- 1888 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
- 1907 Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland
- 1931 American gangsta Al Capone convicted of tax evasion, sentenced to 11 years in prison
- 2012 Exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb discovery orbiting Alpha Centauri announced (later thought to be a false finding)
The United States population reaches 300 million
On October 17, 2006