1998 President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
1861 Louisiana seceded from the Union.
1862 Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order.
1942 The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.
2003 Secretary of State Colin Powell, citing Iraq's lack of cooperation with U.N. inspectors, said he'd lost faith in the inspectors' ability to conduct a definitive search for banned weapons programs.
2007 The White House said President Bush had authorized U.S. forces in Iraq to take whatever actions were necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to American troops or the public at large.
1531 Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die.
1932 British submarine M-2 sinks in Channel (60 dead).
1947 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die.
1968 Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die.
1972 Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m (6.31 miles) fall without parachute.
1838 Tennessee becomes 1st state to prohibit alcohol.
1979 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on CBS's vast wasteland.
1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro.
1991 New York Lotto pays $90 million to nine winner (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50).
1788 The first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.
1920 Amadeo Modigliani's mistress jumps out of a window.
1987 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title.
1905 World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa.
1995 New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman, dedicates a rest stop to Howard Stern.
1875 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green.
1940 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains.
1958 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan as Israeli minister of Defense.
1998 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip.
1837 Michigan became the 26th state.
2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a news conference that a congressional resolution opposing President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq undercut U.S. commanders and emboldened the enemy.
1948 Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed.
1841 Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.
1918 US food administrator Hoover calls for "wheatless" & "meatless" days for war effort.
1885 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General, executed (slain with troops by Sudanese in Khartoum) at 51.
In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.
1920 Matthias Enzberger German minister of finance, murdered.
1939 Professor Cristescu Romania's iron guard leader, murdered.
1965 Ali Mansoer premier of Persia, murdered.
1989 Stéphane Steinier Belgian journalist, kidnapped & murdered.
1939 Armand Calinescu Romania's PM, assassinated by the iron guard.
1950 India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.
1962 the United States launched Ranger III to land scientific instruments on the moon — but the probe missed its target by more than 22,000 miles.
1988 Australians celebrated the 200th anniversary of their country as a grand parade of tall ships re-enacted the voyage of the first European settlers.
1954 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland.
2007 Nine black youths were convicted in juvenile court in Long Beach, Calif., of beating three white women in a racially charged attack on Halloween night.
Actress Anne Jeffreys is 85. Actor Paul Newman is 83. Actress Joan Leslie is 83. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 79. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 73. Actor Scott Glenn is 69. Singer Jean Knight is 65. Activist Angela Davis is 64. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 60. Actor David Strathairn is 59. Singer Lucinda Williams is 55. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 53. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 50. Actress-comedian Ellen DeGeneres is 50. Hockey star Wayne Gretzky is 47. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 45. Actor Paul Johansson is 44. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 38. Actress Jennifer Crystal is 35. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 34. Actress Sarah Rue is 30. Country musician Michael Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 25.
1979 former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
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