A new legal code is approved for the Dutch and English towns, guaranteeing religious observances unhindered.
The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise.
The U.S. War Department creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian Ely Parker becomes the first Indian to lead the Bureau.
Seven hundred Maoris led by their chief, Hone-Heke, burn the small town of Kororareka in protest at the settlement of Maoriland by Europeans, in breach with the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.
A Confederate Convention is held in Montgomery, Ala., where the new constitution is adopted.
Union General William Sherman and his forces occupy Fayetteville, N.C.
A disastrous blizzard hits the northeastern United States. Some 400 people die, mainly from exposure.
British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury rejects the peace overtures offered from Boer leader Paul Kruger.
President Teddy Roosevelt induces California to revoke its anti-Japanese legislation.
President Howard Taft becomes the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
General Douglas MacArthur leaves Bataan for Australia.
The American navy begins inspecting Vietnamese junks in hopes of ending arms smuggling to the South.