King John signs the Magna Carta.
Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown.
Benjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm.
George Washington is named Commander-in-Chief by Congress.
American General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York.
The Battle for Petersburg begins.
Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Fire aboard the paddle steamer General Slocum on New York's East River kills 1,021, mostly German-Americans.
President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President.
The French fortress of Verdun is captured by Germans.
U.S. Marines begin the invasion of Saipan in the Pacific.