A Royal charter is granted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
First American town meeting is held at Boston's Faneuil Hall.
British Admiral John Byng is executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch for neglect of duty.
Inventor Eli Whitney receives a patent for his cotton gin.
United States currency goes on the gold standard.
The Senate ratifies the Hay-Herran Treaty, guaranteeing the United States the right to build a canal in Panama.
An anarchist named Antonio Dalba unsuccessfully attempts to kill Italy's King Victor Emmanuel III in Rome.
The British Navy sinks the German battleship Dresden off the Chilean coast.
An all-Russian Congress of Soviets ratifies a peace treaty with the Central Powers.
President Warren G. Harding becomes the first U.S. President to file an income tax report.
Adolf Hitler tells a crowd of 300,000 that Germany's only judge is God and itself.
The Nazis dissolve the republic of Czechoslovakia.
The United States signs a 99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.
U.N. forces recapture Seoul for the second time during the Korean War.
The Viet Minh launch an assault against the French Colonial Forces at Dien Bien Phu.
A Dallas jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of the murder of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
John F. Kennedy's body is moved from a temporary grave to a permanent one in Arlington Cemetery.
An Israeli force of 22,000 invades south Lebanon, hitting the PLO bases.
Mikhail S. Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress.
The "Birmingham Six," imprisoned for 16 years for their alleged part in an IRA pub bombing, are set free after a court agrees that the police fabricated evidence.