1864 – Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on the “March to the Sea”
1884 – Colonization of Africa orgainized at international conference in Berlin
1899 – Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill captured by Boers in Natal
1916 – William George Barker, flying very low over the Ancre River, spots a large concentration of German troops massing for a counter-attack on Beaumont Hamel, and sends an emergency Zone Call brought to bear all available artillery fire in the area onto the specified target. The force of some 4,000 German infantry was effectively broken up, and Barker is awarded the Military Cross
1936 – Nazi-Germany & Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact.
1942 – World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
1954 – 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins