Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month voyage to circumnavigate the globe.
The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.
Leon Czolgosz, who murdered President William McKinley, is sentenced to death..
The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business.
German Ace Ernst Udet shoots down two Allied planes, bringing his total for the war up to 62.
During the London Blitz, the underground Cabinet War Room suffers a hit when a bomb explodes on the Clive Steps.
Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch.
In the USSR Stanislav Petrov disobeys procedures and ignores electronic alarms indicating five incoming nuclear missiles, believing the US would launch more than five if it wanted to start a war. His decision prevented a retaliatory attack that would have begun a nuclear war between the superpowers..
Two earthquakes strike Italy, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis to collapse, killing four people and destroying much of the cycle of frescoes depicting the saint's life.