1250: the Crusaders were defeated in Mansoura, Egypt during the seventh Crusade, King of France Louis IX was captured.
1890 French forces invaded western Sudan and occupy the town of Ségo.
1917 the United States of American officially joined WWI
1919 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ordered a General Strike
1955 Yemen failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
1972 Egypt dropped diplomatic relations with Jordan
1985 Sudan suspended constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab
1991 Argentine soocer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 month by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use.
2005 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani became Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
2008 A general strike in Egypt against high prices and corruption led to the arrest of a number of opponents and the occurrence of riots in the city of Mahalla al-Kubra.