Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems.
Bayonne Decree by Napoleon Bonaparte of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
Virginia becomes the eighth state to secede from the Union.
General Ulysses Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson, a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married.
Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
Some 1,400 Cuban exiles attack the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world.
Apollo 13--originally scheduled to land on the moon--lands back safely on Earth after an accident.
Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.