Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro
President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf resigns under threat of impeachment.
A massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, one of the largest and most widespread power outages in history.
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
Mick Jagger accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"
Civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
Brojen Das from Bangladesh swims across the English Channel in a competition, as the first Bengali and the first Asian to do so. He came first among 39 competitors.
Subhas Chandra Bose dies.
Sukarno takes office as the first president of Indonesia, following the country's declaration of independence the previous day.
The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless.
Major hurricane strikes Martinique, leaving 700 dead.
A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people