The first Shakespearian actress to appear on an English stage (she is believed to be a Ms. Norris) makes her debut as Desdemona.
CSS Sumter captures the whaler Eben Dodge in the Atlantic. The American Civil War is now affecting the Northern whaling industry.
Union General William Averell's cavalry destroys railroads in the southwestern part of West Virginia.
The German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig are sunk by a British force in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
President Woodrow Wilson declines to send a representative to the League of Nations in Geneva.
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita begins his attack against the British army at Singapore.
The United States conducts the longest, most effective air raid on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.
The Washington, D.C., police shoot and kill a man threatening to blow up the Washington Monument.
An Israeli army tank transporter kills 4 Palestinian refugees and injures 7 others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, leading to the First Intifada.
The leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine sign an agreement that dissolves the Soviet Union and establishes the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Cuzco Declaration signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.