The United States authorizes the minting of the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins as well as the silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime.
Haitian revolt leader Toussaint L'Ouverture takes command of French forces at Santo Domingo.
The British navy defeats the Danish at the Battle of Copenhagen.
Karl Harris perfects the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announces plans to divide the country into 12 districts.
Jeannette Pickering Rankin is sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Virne "Jackie" Mitchell becomes the first woman to play for an all-male pro baseball team. In an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Charles Lindbergh pays over $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son.
Soviet forces enter Romania, one of Germany's allied countries.
The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics is renamed NASA.
Argentina invades the British-owned Falkland Islands.