1908: A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1926: U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.
1927: U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.
1932: Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.
1938: Austria recognizes the Franco government in Spain.
1940: Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.
1943: Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad.
1952: The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
1962: The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.
1973: Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1975: The Khmer Rouge launches its newest assault in its five-year war in Phnom Penh. The war in Cambodia would go on until the spring of 1975.
1982: Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
1991: The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis.
1998: Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning.
2010: An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 316,000 people.