Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrender to Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.
French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, is hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.
Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.
French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerque in the Netherlands.
The trial of Aaron Burr begins. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.
Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.
Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.
Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.
Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.
Radio Shack unveils TRS-80 personal computer, which with Apple and Commodore would form the "1977 Trinity." Its price and Radio Shack's established retail outlets made it a bestseller for several years.
The US commits naval forces to the Persian Gulf region in the wake of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.