1666 – The Great Fire of London begins leaving the city devastated.
1797 – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, is born
1882 – The Carpenters and Joiners Union celebrate the first Labor Day holiday in New York City
1914 – The French capital is moved from Paris to Bordeaux as the Battle of the Marne begins. How many times do you think the French moved their capital?
1923 – Over 100,000 people are killed in Tokyo and Yokohama by the Kantō earthquake
1942 – The British army under Gen. Montgomery defeats the German Afrika Korps led by Field Marshall Rommel at the battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt
1945 – On the USS Missouri, Japan signs the surrender documents which ends WWII
1997 – Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed died in a Paris car crash due to their intoxicated driver losing control of the car. It was not the Paparazzi chase that caused the accident, read more.