Pope Innocent VIII issues a bill deploring the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany.
Phi Beta Kappa is organized as the first American college Greek letter-fraternity, at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna.
In the U.S. Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant's cavalry receives a setback in an engagement on the Mississippi Central Railroad at Coffeeville, Mississippi.
Confederate General John Bell Hood sends Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry and a division of infantry toward Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Japanese destroy a Russian fleet at Port Arthur in Korea.
George Taylor makes the first manned glider flight in Australia in a glider that he designed himself.
Italy, Austria and Germany renew the Triple Alliance for six years.
David Lloyd George replaces Herbert Asquith as the British prime minister.
The British empire reaches an accord with the Irish revolutionary group the Sinn Fein; Ireland is to become a free state.
The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition in the United States, which had begun 13 years earlier.
Italian and Ethiopian troops clash at the Ualual on disputed the Somali-Ethiopian border.
The New Constitution in the Soviet Union promises universal suffrage, but the Communist Party remains the only legal political party.
The Lindberghs arrive in New York on a holiday visit after a two-year voluntary exile.
Four TBM Avenger bombers disappear approximately 100 miles off the coast of Florida.
Pyongyang in Korea falls to the invading Chinese army.
Italy and Yugoslavia agree to pull troops out of the disputed Trieste border.
A bus boycott begins under the leadership of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama.
Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory heads for Hanoi, North Vietnam, despite federal warnings against it.
The Soviet Union signs a 20-year friendship pact with Afghanistan.
Military Junta dissolves in Argentina.
Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle kills 8 people at Westroads Mall, Omaha, Neb., before taking his own life.