1811 – Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” is published anonymously. Austen began writing stories at age 12, and published several more popular novels before her death at age 42 of what today is thought to be Addison’s disease.
1918 – The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice treaty with the Allies, ending Ottoman participation in WWI.
1938 – Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” is broadcast on the radio, frightening many listeners who thought a real Martian invasion was occurring.
1974 – Muhammad Ali, 32, wins the “rumble in the jungle,” becoming heavyweight champion of the world for the second time, in Kinshasa, Zaire.