1216 – Pope Honorius III issued the papal bull Religiosam vitam to establish the Dominican Order.
1769 – Having been soundly defeated in battle, the Qing dynasty agreed to terms of truce, ending the Sino-Burmese War.
1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel, connecting New York City to Weehawken, New Jersey, opened.
1988 – Brazilian unionist and environmental activist Chico Mendes was murdered at his Xapuri home.
2001 – Burhanuddin Rabbani of the Northern Alliance handed over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by Hamid Karzai (pictured).