1796: President George Washington delivers his farewell address to the American people. He had been president since 1789. 2001: The New York Stock Exchange (above) reopens after a four-day shutdown following the September 11 attacks, the longest break since the Great Depression. 2010: Hurricane Karl smashes into Mexico’s Gulf Coast, creating havoc in the port city of Veracruz and forcing the country to shut down its only nuclear power plant and its central Gulf Coast oil platforms. 2011: Protest movement Occupy Wall
Street begins in New York. 2017: Those in Central Australia are treated to an orange-green light streaking through the night sky, thought to be a freshly launched rocket or space junk.