2015: Actor Dean Jones, best known for his light-hearted leading roles in several Walt Disney movies in the 1960s and '70s, including "The Love Bug," "That Darn Cat!" and "Blackbeard's Ghost," dies of Parkinson's disease at age 84 in Los Angeles.
2013: Former professional boxer and actor Tommy Morrison dies at age 44 in Omaha, Nebraska. Morrison, who lost only three out of a total of 52 professional fights and beat George Foreman for the vacant World Boxing Organization heavyweight championship in June 1993, starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in 1990's "Rocky V." He retired from boxing in 1996 when he tested positive for HIV, but made a comeback in 2006, claiming he had tested negative for HIV. While his mother had said less than a month before his death that Morrison was in his final days with "full-blown AIDS," his death certificate listed his causes of death as cardiac arrest, septicemia, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and multiorgan failure.
2008: Actor and country singer Jerry Reed, whose best known songs include "Guitar Man," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down" and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)," dies of complications from emphysema at age 71 in Nashville, Tennessee. Reed also appeared in films such as "Gator," all three of the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies and "Stroker Ace."
2004: The Beslan school hostage crisis begins with armed Islamic separatist militants taking children and adults hostage at School Number One in Beslan, North Ossetia, in Russia's Caucasus. The terrorists, mostly Ingush and Chechen, took more than 1,100 people hostage, including 777 children. On the third day of the standoff, Russian security forces stormed the building after several explosions were heard, using other heavy weapons. A total of 334 hostages, including 186 children, and 31 hostage-takers were killed in the incident. Pictured is a memorial in the school's gym.
1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated in Cleveland.
1989: Major League Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti dies of heart attack at age 51 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Although his six-month term was the shortest of any MLB commissioner, Giamatti is famous for negotiating the agreement that brought the Pete Rose betting scandal to a close by allowing the all-time hits leader to withdraw from the sport to avoid further punishment. Giamatti also served as the president of MLB's National League before becoming commissioner and was the president of Yale University from 1978 to 1986.
1985: A joint American-French expedition locates the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1983: Korean Air Flight 007 en route from Anchorage to Seoul, South Korea, is shot down over the Sea of Japan by a Soviet Union jet fighter after the commercial aircraft entered Soviet airspace. All 269 on board were killed, including U.S. Rep. Lawrence McDonald. The Soviet Union initially denied knowledge of the incident, but later admitted the shootdown, claiming that the aircraft was on a spy mission.
1979: The U.S. space probe Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn when it passes the planet at a distance of 13,000 miles. Pictured is one of the images of Saturn the probe took during its encounter with the planet.
1974: The SR-71 Blackbird sets the record for flying from New York to London in the time of one hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour. The since-retired spy plane still holds the record today.
1972: American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky in Reykjavík, Iceland, to become the world chess champion. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and deemed "The Match of the Century," Fischer won the match 12½–8½ over 21 games that had started July 11, 1972, to become the 11th undisputed World Champion and the first American born in the United States to win the title. Fischer was scheduled to defend his title in 1975 against Anatoly Karpov, but ended up forfeiting his title due a dispute over the match format.
1969: A coup in Libya topples King Idris and brings Muammar Gaddafi to power. He would rule the country until he was overthrown on Aug. 23, 2011, during the 2011 Libyan civil war.
1957: Singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan is born in Havana, Cuba. One of the world's best-selling artists of all time, she is best known for songs such as "Conga," "Words Get In The Way," "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "Anything for You."
1952: "The Old Man and the Sea," the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, is first published.
1950: Psychologist, TV personality and author Phil McGraw, better known simply as "Dr. Phil," is born in Vinita, Oklahoma.
1946: Singer-songwriter Barry Gibb (top), one of three brothers who made up the disco group the Bee Gees, is born in Douglas, Isle of Man. Known for his high-pitched falsetto singing voice, Gibb was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his brothers, Robin (center) and Maurice (bottom), in 1997.
1941: Jews in Germany and German-occupied areas are ordered to wear the Star of David with the word "Jew" inscribed in German. The order only applied to Jews over the age of 6.
1939: Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin is born Mary Jean Tomlin in Detroit, Michigan. Tomlin got her start as a standup comic and rose to fame after joining the sketch comedy show "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in 1969. She especially became known for the regular characters she created for the show, including nosy, condescending telephone operator Ernestine and the precocious five-and-a-half-year-old Edith Ann. She's gone on to appear in movies such as "Nashville," "9 to 5" and "All of Me" and on TV in series such as "The Magic School Bus," "Murphy Brown" and "The West Wing." She has won a Tony Award, a Grammy and five Emmys in her career.
1939: Nazi Germany, Slovakia and the Soviet Union invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.
1933: Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Conway Twitty is born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Mississippi. Twitty held the record for the most No. 1 singles of any act, with 40 No. 1 Billboard country hits, until George Strait broke the record in 2006. He's well known for his string of hit duets with Loretta Lynn, including "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" and "After the Fire is Gone," and for solo hits such as "It's Only Make Believe," "Hello Darlin'," "You've Never Been This Far Before," "I'd Love to Lay You Down" and "Tight Fittin' Jeans." Twitty died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 59 on June 5, 1993.
1923: The Great Kanto earthquake devastates Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan, killing about 105,000 people. This is the deadliest earthquake in the history of Japan.
1923: Boxer Rocky Marciano, the only champion to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career, is born Rocco Francis Marchegiano in Brockton, Massachusetts. He died at the age of 45 in a plane crash outside Newton, Iowa, on Aug. 31, 1969.
1922: Actress and singer Yvonne De Carlo, best known for playing Lily Munster in the TV sitcom "The Munsters," is born Margaret Yvonne Middleton in West Point Grey (now part of Vancouver), British Columbia. De Carlo was also known for her roles in movies such as "Salome Where She Danced," "Criss Cross" and "The Ten Commandments." She died at age 84 on Jan. 8, 2007.
1918: The Major League Baseball season ends early due to World War I. The World Series began four days later, with the Boston Red Sox eventually beating the Chicago Cubs four games to two, and remains the only World Series to be played entirely in September.
1914: The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo. Once one of the most abundant birds in the world, the passenger pigeon lived in enormous migratory flocks until the early 20th century, when hunting and habitat destruction led to its demise.
1902: "A Trip to the Moon," the first science-fiction film, is released. It was created by French illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès, who not only wrote, directed and produced the movie, but also starred in it.
1897: The first stage of the Tremont Street Subway, an underground tunnel for streetcars, opens in Boston, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America. Today, the tunnel now forms the central part of the city's Green Line light rail system.
1894: At least 418 people, and possibly more than 800, die in the Great Hinckley Fire, a forest fire in Hinckley, Minnesota, that burns more than 200,000 acres.
1878: Emma Nutt becomes the world's first female telephone operator when she is hired by Alexander Graham Bell to work at the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company. The company had originally started hiring boys to do the work earlier in the year.
1864: Confederate Army Gen. John Bell Hood pulls his troops out of Atlanta, Georgia, ending a four-month siege by Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Hood destroyed supply depots and railways as he left the city to prevent them from falling into Union hands.
1838: Explorer William Clark, famous for being part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that explored the Pacific Northwest of the United States, dies at age 68 in St. Louis, Missouri.
1807: Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr is found innocent of treason. The charge stemmed from allegations he was assembling an armed force to take New Orleans and separate the Western states from the Atlantic states to form an independent country. Despite the acquittal, the trial destroyed Burr's already faltering political career.
1715: King Louis XIV of France dies of gangrene at Versailles after a reign of 72 years -- the longest of any major European monarch.