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)