1812 - Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight - the city is burned down totally days later
1920 - The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J.P.Morgan building in New York City - 33 are killed with 400 injured.
1992 - Black Wednesday: the Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the Deutschmark.
1098 - Hildegard of Bingen, German abbess, mystic writer, and composer
1960 - Danny John-Jules, British actor
96 - Domitian, Roman Emperor