Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world.
President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in.
The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel captures the British held town of Benghazi in North Africa.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record.