In 1718, Edward Teach, also known as the pirate Blackbeard, was killed off North Carolina's Outer Banks during a battle with a British navy force.
In 1858, the city of Denver was founded.
In 1935, a Pan American Martin 130 "flying boat" called the China Clipper began regular trans-Pacific mail service. The flight from San Francisco to Manila, Philippines, took 59 hours and 48 minutes.
In 1950, a train wreck in New York City killed 79 people.
In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was founded.
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, 46, in the third year of his first term, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the nation's 36th chief executive. (Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with Kennedy's slaying but was killed before he could go to trial.)
In 1972, the U.S. State Department ended a 22-year ban on U.S. travel to China.
In 1977, the Anglo-French supersonic Concorde jetliner began scheduled flights to New York from London and Paris.
In 1980, film legend Mae West died at the age of 88.
In 1989, newly elected Lebanese President Rene Moawad died in bomb blast that also killed 17 other people in Syrian-patrolled Muslim West Beirut.
In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned after 11 years in office.
In 1993, Mexico's Senate approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 1997, New Zealanders Robert Hamill and Phil Stubbs arrived in Barbados from the Canary Islands in their boat, Kiwi Challenger, after 41 days, 1 hour and 55 minutes -- a record for rowing across the Atlantic.
In 2002, at least 100 people died in riots in northern Nigeria sparked by a religious controversy over the Miss World beauty pageant.
In 2005, Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany's chancellor. She was the first woman and first person from East Germany to lead the country.
In 2010, about 400 people were killed and hundreds injured in a panic-driven stampede on a densely crowded suspension bridge during Cambodia's Water Festival in Phnom Penh.
In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama urged Congress to do what a special committee couldn't do after 10 weeks of trying -- agree on what to cut in drawing up a $1.2 trillion deficit reduction plan. Without such a plan, unaltered automatic defense and domestic cuts would kick in.
In 2012, a Thanksgiving Day chain-reaction crash and pileup in dense fog on Interstate 10 near Beaumont, Texas, killed at least two people and injured scores of others, some critically. Police said at least 140 vehicles were involved.
In 2013, observances on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination included a solemn gathering of 5,000 people in chilly rain under somber skies at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Speaking of the fateful day in 1963, Mayor Mike Rawlings told the crowd: "Our collective hearts were broken ... We stand in awe of a dreamer who challenged us -- literally-- to reach for the moon, though he himself would not live to see us achieve that goal. "