- 971 War elephant corps of the Southern Han defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops; Southern Han state forced to submit to the Song Dynasty. 1st regular war elephant corps in Chinese army
- 1368 In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.
- 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake – deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
- 1950 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
- 1973 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
- 1978 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth’s ozone layer.