Cicero, considered one of the greatest sons of Rome, is assassinated on the orders of Marcus Antonius.
Otto III takes the throne after his father's death in Italy. A power struggle between magnates ensues.
USS Santiago de Cuba, under Commander Daniel B. Ridgely, halts the British schooner Eugenia Smith and captures J.W. Zacharie, a New Orleans merchant and Confederate purchasing agent.
Confederate forces surprise an equal number of Union troops at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Outlaw George Ives, an alleged member of an outlaw gang known as the "Innocents," robs and then kills Nick Thiebalt in the Ruby Valley of what would become Montana.
Japanese planes raid Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise attack, bringing the US into WWII.
The president of the United Mine Workers, John L. Lewis, orders all striking miners back to work.
Poland and West Germany sign a pact renouncing the use of force to settle disputes, recognizing the Oder-Neisse River as Poland's western frontier, and acknowledging the transfer to Poland of 40,000 square miles of former German territory.
The crew of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon, lifts off at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The Recording Industry Association of America files a copyright infringement suit against the file-sharing website Napster.