1795 – Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in
York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto).
 1885 – Indian National Congress, a political party
of India, is founded in Bombay Presidency, British
 1895 – Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which
later will be known as x-rays.
 1944 – Maurice Richard becomes the first player to
score eight points in one game of NHL ice hockey.
 1958 – “Greatest Game Ever Played”: Baltimore
Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever
National Football League sudden death overtime
game at New York’s Yankee Stadium.
 1973 – The United States Endangered Species Act
is signed into law by Pres. Richard Nixon.
 2009 – Forty-three people die in a suicide bombing
in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims are
observing the Day of Ashura.
 2014 – Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashes into
the Karimata Strait en route from Surabaya to
Singapore, killing all 162 people aboard.