1943 – U.S. amphibious forces landed on Attu in the Aleutians, the first American territory to be recaptured from the Japanese.
1949 – Israel admitted to the United Nations.
1981 – Bob Marley, Jamaican-born singer who with his group The Wailers popularised reggae, died of cancer.
1996 – A ValuJet Airlines DC-9 crashed in the swampy Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 110.
1997 – Garry Kasparov was defeated at chess by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue — the first time a machine had triumphed over a reigning world champion.
1998 – The first euro coin to be minted came off the presses in France.
1998 – India conducted three underground nuclear tests, bringing worldwide condemnation and heightened tension with Pakistan.
2000 – India welcomed its billionth citizen when a baby girl was born at Delhi’s state-run Safdarjang Hospital.
2008 – Nepali police detained 562 Tibetan women at an anti-China rally in Kathmandu, the first all-women protest against Chinese rule in their homeland.
2011 – Fatal earthquake hits historic buildings in Lorca, Spain.
2016 – Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer strikes out a record 20 batters.