1784 – Western Noth Carolina declares itself an independent state under the name of Franklin. It is not accepted into the United States, and only lasts for four years.
1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty. Less than two years later, Germany launched a blitzkrieg attack on Russia.
1970 – Organized by labor union leader Cesar Chavez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history begins.
1990 – West and East Germany announce they will reunite on October 3.
1991 – The World Wide Web is opened to the public.