The War of Vespers in Sicily ends with an agreement between Charles of Valois, who invaded the country, and Frederick, the ruler of Sicily.
The British at Fort William Henry, New York, surrender to Louis Montcalm of France.
Captain Meriwether Lewis leaves Pittsburgh to meet up with Captain William Clark and begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean.
At the Democratic convention in Chicago, General George B. McClellan is nominated for president.
Joseph Avenol steps down as Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
The British army under General Bernard Law Montgomery defeats Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt.
Six of the 16 surviving Union veterans of the Civil War attend the last-ever encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The 1st Marine Division begins its attack on Bloody Ridge in Korea. The four-day battle results in 2,700 Marine casualties.
A concrete wall replaces the barbed wire fence that separates East and West Germany, it will be called the Berlin wall.
The Dasht-e Bayaz 7.3 earthquake in NE Iran completely destroys five villages and severely damages six others.
Lonnie McLucas convicted of torturing and murdering fellow Black Panther Party member Alex Rackley in the first of the New Haven Black Panther Trials.
Polish government forced to sign Gdansk Agreement allowing creation of the trade union Solidarity.
Police capture Richard Ramirez, dubbed the "Night Stalker" for a string of gruesome murders that stretched from Mission Viejo to San Francisco, Cal.
Longest mine strike in South Africa's history ends, after 11 people were killed, 500 injured and 400 arrested.
Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become first father and son to play on same team simultaneously in professional baseball (Seattle Mariners).
East and West Germany sign the Treaty of Unification (Einigungsvertrag) to join their legal and political systems.
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) announces a "complete cessation of military operations," opening the way to a political settlement in Ireland for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a Paris car crash along with her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul while fleeing paparazzi.