At the Battle of Ascalon 1,000 Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, route an Egyptian relief column heading for Jerusalem, which had already fallen to the Crusaders.
British commander the Duke of Wellington occupies Madrid, Spain, forcing out Joseph Bonaparte.
Confederate raider William Quantrill leads a massacre of 150 men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas.
After a week of heavy raiding, the Confederate cruiser Tallahassee claims six Union ships captured.
Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes.
Henry Ford's first Model T rolls off the assembly line.
The home of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. is dedicated as a memorial.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill.
Highest in-flight death toll as 520 die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Mount Takamagahara.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, creating the world's wealthiest trade bloc.
Russian Navy submarine K-141 Kursk explodes and sinks with all hands during military exercises in the Barents Sea.
An LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sniper mortally wounds Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, at the minister's home.