1759 - The British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.
1789 - The United States Government took out its first loan.
1922 - The highest shaded temperature was recorded at 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit in El Azizia, Libya.
1959 - Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched by the Soviet Union on September 12.
1993 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.
2001 - Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States.