1817: Mississippi became the 20th state of the United States.
1830: American poet Emily Dickinson was born.
1862: The House of Representatives in the US passes a bill creating the state of West Virginia.
1869: The territory of Wyoming allowed women to vote and hold office.
1870: Noted historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar was born in Kolkata (then Calcutta).
1878: India's last Governor-General C Rajagopalachari was born in the erstwhile Madras Presidency.
1898: The US and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris, whereby Spanish territory, including the Philippines, is ceded to the United States.
1901: The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.
1917: International Red Cross gets the Nobel Peace Prize.
1919: Captain Ross Smith becomes the first person to fly 11,500 miles from England to Australia.
1941: Japanese troops invade Philippine island of Luzon.
1948: The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The day was proclaimed as Human Rights Day in 1950.
1950: Dr. Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
1960: Actor Rati Agnihotri was born in Mumbai.
1978: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1999: Dr. Martin Luther King Junior received the Nobel Peace Prize.
2001: Actor Ashok Kumar passes away in Mumbai
2004: A US passenger jet landed in Vietnam, first time since the Vietnam War which ended in 1975.
2014: Indian child right activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize.