Feast day of St. Osyth
1800 – The French privateer Robert Surcouf led a 150-man crew to capture the 40-gun, 437-man East Indiaman Kent.
1916 – Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222–0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.
1976 – Hua Guofeng succeeded Mao Zedong as Chairman of the Communist Party of China.
1991 – Croatian War of Independence: The Yugoslav People's Army conducted an air strike on Banski dvori, the official residence of the Government of Croatia in Zagreb.
2006 – Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya (pictured) was assassinated in the elevator of her apartment block in central Moscow.