1644 – Areopagitica, a pamphlet by John Milton, decrying censorship, is published.
1890 – King William III of the Netherlands dies (b. 1817) without a male heir and a special law passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to inherit.
1909 – Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes
1943 – British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation
1945 – Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat & butter, ends
1971 – China People’s Republic seated in UN Security Council
2011 – Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, The Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh Signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.