1954 – Revolutionary Court in Egypt sentences six Muslim Brotherhood leaders to death and seven others to life imprisonment on charges of attempting to assassinate President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1984 – Toxic gas leak from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leaves thousands dead.
1985 – Soviet Union allows private property system for the first time.
2005 – Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez win legislative elections, allowing them access to all the seats in parliament.
1795 – Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian, born.
2005- Alfred Faraj, Egyptian playwright, passes away.