1493 – Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica
1762 – Spain acquires Louisiana
1793 – French playwright , journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.
1820 – Cuenca Ecuador declares independence
1838 – The Times of India , the world ‘s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce .
1903 – Colombia grants independence to Panama
1918 – Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WW I
1960 – Ivory Coast adopts constitution
1961 – General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant acting secretary general
1978 – Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
1992 – Bill Clinton (D ) wins US presidential election over President Bush (R )
1793 – Olympe de Gouges, French feminist and revolutionary (b . 1748 )
1982 – Edward H Carr, British historian , dies at 90
E H Carr is the author of What is History? He defined history as an "unending dialogue between the present and the past".