- 312 – Civil wars of the Tetrarchy: Constantine the Great defeated Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in Rome.
- 1453 – Ladislaus the Posthumous was crowned King of Bohemia, although George of Poděbrady remained in control of the government.
- 1919 – The U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, reinforcing Prohibition in the United States.
- 1925 – The funerary mask of Tutankhamun (pictured), possibly made for Queen Nefertiti, was uncovered for the first time in 3,250 years.
- 2013 – The first terrorist attack in Beijing's recent history took place when three members of the Turkistan Islamic Party drove a vehicle into a crowd.