1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England.
1882 - The world's first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States.
1980 - Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
2005 - The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
1227 - Pope Nicholas IV (d. 1292)
1904 - Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (d. 1971) (Oh. There's Waldo.)
1935 - "The Adventures of Dick Tracy" is first heard on the Mutual Radio Network.
1953 - S.M. Stirling, Canadian-born author
1982 - The TV sitcom Cheers premieres.
420 - Saint Jerome, translator of the Vulgate Bible
1572 - St. Francis Borgia, Jesuit priest (b. 1510)
1888 - Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.
1913 - Rudolf Diesel, German inventor (b. 1858)
1962 – Last episodes of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar broadcast on CBS Radio, marking the end of The Golden Age of Radio.