On this day in 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeat the English at the Battle of Hastings. With a name like "Conquerer" he didn't have much choice.
On this day in 1933, Nazi Germany announces it is withdrawing from the League of Nations, as well as the Ivy League and the League of Women Voters.
On this day in 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. As a result, he's out the door and down the street before you can hear him say goodbye.