1415 - England won the Battle of Agincourt over France during the Hundred Years' War. Almost 6,000 Frenchmen were killed while fewer than 400 were lost by the English.
1812 - During the War of 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.
1955 - The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.
1962 - American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
2000 - AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies (consumer, business, broadband and wireless).