Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1799 – President George Washington dies at the age of 67 (More info)

1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (More info)

1911 – Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the South Pole, beating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott (More info)

1977 – ‘Saturday Night Fever’ premieres and launches both a pop culture and musical phenomenon (More info)

2008 – President George W. Bush is almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a news conference in Baghdad (More info)