The Baltic Way: approximately 2 million people from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia linked hands along the Vilnius-Tallinn road, forming a human chain nearly 600 km (373 miles) long.
Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defected to the USA while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York
The Norrmalmstor bank raid in Stockholm morphed into a six day hostage situation during which the victims developed "Stockholm Syndrome".
The World Council of Churches was founded .
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact allegedly a non-aggression treaty. (Note: it was later revealed that they had actually agreed to partition Poland between them)
Hebron Massacre: Arab mobs attacked the Jewish community in Palestine, killing 133 Jews, 67 of them in Hebron
The Round Oak railway accident left 14 dead and 50 injured, at the time it was the UK's worst rail disaster.
Slavery was abolished in the British colonies .
William Wallace is hanged, drawn and quartered