Having captured Naples earlier in the year, Belisarius takes Rome.
The U.S. Senate approves establishment of a committee that would become the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.
Major General John G. Foster replaces Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside as Commander of the Department of Ohio.
The capital of Colorado Territory is moved from Golden to Denver.
P.B.S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of Louisiana.
The Russian czar rejects Boer Paul Kruger's pleas for aid in South Africa against the British.
A child labor bill passes in the German Reichstag, forbidding work for children under age 13.
The new Finnish Republic demands the withdrawal of Russian troops.
The British army seizes 1,000 Italians in a sudden thrust in Egypt.
Franklin D. Roosevelt tells Americans to plan for a long war.
The United States abandons a plan to de-concentrate industry in Japan.
The United Nations takes trusteeship over Jerusalem.
Harry Gold gets 30 years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II.
President Harry Truman bans U.S. exports to Communist China.
Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Carl Olson to regain the world middleweight boxing title.
The Laos government flees to Cambodia as the capital city of Vientiane is engulfed in war.
Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland.
U.S. Marines land in Somalia to ensure food and medicine reaches the deprived areas of that country.
Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is arrested on federal charges, including an attempt to sell the US Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.