The British Parliament sends to Queen Victoria an ultimatum for the United States, demanding the release of two Confederate diplomats who were seized on the British ship Trent.
Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel room after saying of the room's wallpaper: "One of us had to go."
The French government denounces British actions in South Africa, declaring sympathy for the Boers.
President Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounces segregation of Japanese schoolchildren in San Francisco.
The Soviet Union complete the division of Berlin, installing the government in the Soviet sector.
President Truman declares that the United States will use the A-bomb to get peace in Korea.
Representatives of the US and USSR meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to begin negotiations on reducing the number of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
Thriller, Michael Jackson's second solo album, released; the album, produced by Quincy Jones, became the best-selling album in history.
US President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (better known as the Brady Bill) into law.
MS Achille Lauro, a ship with long history of problems including a 1985 terrorist hijacking, catches fire off the coast of Somalia.
Exxon and Mobil oil companies agree to a $73.7 billion merge, creating the world's largest company, Exxon-Mobil.
On the game show Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses after 74 consecutive victories. It is the longest winning streak in game-show history, earning him a total of over $3 million.
John Sentamu becomes Archbishop of York, making him the Church of England's first black archbishop.