202 BC Battle of Zama: Hannibal Barca and the Carthaginian army are defeated by Roman legions under Scipio Africanus, ending 2nd Punic War
1781 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm, ending the US Revolutionary War
1926 Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky and his followers
1943 Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University
1987 Black Monday: Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points (22%), 4½ times the previous daily record
Today’s Historical Events
Today In Film & Tv
1988 US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children’s TV shows
Today In Music
1975 “A Chorus Line”, held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York
Today In Sport
1957 Montreal Canadien Maurice “Rocket” Richard, becomes the 1st NHLer to score 500 goals
Do You Know This Fact About Today? Did You Know?
French C. Hopffer patents the automatic fire extinguisher in England, on this day in 1722.