A raging fire sweeps the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed economic state.
Union General Ambrose Burnside occupies Fredericksburg and prepares to attack the Confederates under Robert E. Lee.
Union gunboats Restless, Bloomer and Caroline enter St. Andrew's Bay, Fla., and begin bombardment of both Confederate quarters and saltworks.
A production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe at Boston's Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.
Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President Calvin Coolidge asking the United States to join the World Court.
U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull demands that Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria withdraw from the war.
A Boeing B-29 Superfortress shatters all records by crossing the United States in five hours and 27 minutes.
Frank Sinatra, Jr., is returned home to his parents after being kidnapped for the ransom amount of $240,000.
The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world's first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.
Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon's surface, the last time that men visit the moon.
Military forces in El Salvador kill over 800 civilians in what is known as the El Mozote massacre during the Salvadoran Civil War.
The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for signature.
President of Mexico Felipe Calderon launches a military-led offensive against drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacan.
Bernard "Bernie" Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in what was called a $50-billion Ponzi scheme.