In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Severus is proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum.
In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeat Poles and Germans.
British Captain Robert Jenkins loses an ear to a band of Spanish brigands, starting a war between Britain and Spain: The War of Jenkins' Ear.
Realizing that France has encouraged the Piedmontese forces to mobilize for invading Italy, Austria begins mobilizing its army.
British forces route Boers at Kroonstadt, South Africa.
The German army launches its third offensive during the Battle of Verdun.
Germany invades Norway and Denmark.
In the Battle of Bataan, American and Filipino forces are overwhelmed by the Japanese Army.
The Red Army is repulsed at the Seelow Heights on the outskirts of Berlin.
Winston Churchill becomes the first honorary U.S. citizen.
The statue of Winston Churchill is dedicated at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., is buried.