476 – The Western Roman Empire falls when Odoacer, a German barbarian, deposes Romulus Agustus, last Western Roman emperor. Odoacer was a mercenary leader in the Roman imperial army when he mutinies against the young emperor.
1886 – Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to U.S. government troops after 30 years of battling to protect his tribe’s homeland. Geronimo was the last Native American warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces, signaling an end of the Indian wars in the southwest.
1957 – Arkansas National Guard troops, under orders from Gov. Orval Faubus, block “Little Rock Nine” from entering a segregated high school in Little Rock. The nine frightened African American students fled shortly after arriving at the school. Faubus violated a federal order to integrate the school. On Sept. 24, Pres. Dwight Eisenhower sent 1,000 federal troops to Little Rock and the next day the Black students entered the school under heavily armed guard.