1789 A day of Thanksgiving is set aside by US president George Washington to observe the adoption of America's Constitution.

1855 Van Diemen's Land is officially proclaimed Tasmania

1857 First Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne.

1922 King Tutankhamen's tomb is opened in Egypt.

1940 Half a million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, are ordered to live within a walled ghetto.

1942 The film Casablanca has its world premiere at the Hollywood Theatre in New York; The ''Battle of Brisbane'' occurs in Adelaide Street between 2000 and 4000 Australian and American troops, resulting in the death of one soldier.

1966 Liberal Harold Holt is returned as Australian prime minister after election campaign focusing on Vietnam issues.

1975 A federal jury in Sacramento, California, finds Lynette ''Squeaky'' Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, guilty of trying to assassinate US president Gerald Ford.

1979 The International Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after an absence of 21 years.

1984 Bob Hawke and opposition leader Andrew Peacock participate in first Australian nationally televised election campaign debate.

1992 Queen Elizabeth II announces she will start paying taxes on her personal income and take her children off the national payroll.

1997 Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invites foreign experts to live in his ''presidential palaces'' to prove that he has nothing to hide.

1999 A Milan judge orders Italian opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges of bribery.

2000 Florida certifies George W. Bush as the winner of the state's electoral votes for the US presidential election.

2002 Authorities investigate singer Michael Jackson because of videotape of the star holding his son over a fourth floor railing at a hotel.

2006 Irishman Damien Leith wins Australian Idol.

2008 Sydney men Brett Gilbert Taylor, 49, and Doug Markell, 71, are killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

2011 The 14-year-old NSW boy caught for possessing $25 worth of marijuana while on holiday in Bali is sentenced to two months in jail, allowing him to return home within nine days with time served.