Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe's Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed.
Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
George Gershwin's groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman's orchestra.
The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.