1758 England's Admiral Horatio Nelson was born.
1789 A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.
1829 The first public appearance by London's re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.
1918 Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough on the Hindenburg Line during World War I.
1967 The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.
1988 The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.