Union General Henry Halleck, at the direction of President Abraham Lincoln, orders General Ulysses Grant to revoke his infamous General Order No. 11 that expelled Jews from his operational area in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi.
The U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Gonzales v. Williams case that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and can enter the United States freely, yet stops short of awarding citizenship.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt claims in his State of the Union message that the federal government will provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on welfare.
UN forces abandon Seoul, Korea, to the Chinese Communist Army.
The French Army in Indochina launches Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey (The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales) in London, England.
President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
The Ulster Volunteer Force kills six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day 10 Protestant civilians are murdered in retaliation.
Over 300 people die and more than 700 are injured in Pakistan's deadliest train accident, when an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.
Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.
Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the Rose Revolution of November 2003.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) becomes the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.