1910 – Eruption of Mount Etna in Italy, causing significant damage.
1910- Abolition of slavery in China.
1917- British forces occupies Baghdad during the first world War.
1946 – France starts to withdraw its troops from Lebanon following two decades of occupation.
1985 – Japan opens the longest undersea tunnel in the world at 54 km and a cost of USD 2.7 billion.
1988 – Egypt inaugurates Cairo Opera House, designed by a team of Japanese and Egyptian architects.
1946 – International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) President, Joseph Blatter.
2004 – Lebanese music composer and singer Zaki Nassif.