Vespian, a gruff-spoken general of humble origins, enters Rome and is named emperor by the Senate.
French forces seize control of the eastern shore of Newfoundland after winning a victory at St. John's.
The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.
President Calvin Coolidge signs the Boulder Dam bill.
General George S. Patton dies at the age of 60 after being injured in a car accident.
Four pacifists are indicted in New York for burning draft cards — Thomas C. Cornell, 31, co-secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship; Roy Lisker, 27, a volunteer of the Catholic Worker Movement; James E. Wilson, 21, a volunteer at the Catholic Worker Movement and a member of the Fellowship for Reconciliation; and M P, Edelman, a full-time worker for the War Resisters League.
500,000 Chinese students gather in Shanghai's People's Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.
Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure. All 259 passengers were killed in the explosion caused by a bomb-- hidden inside an audio cassette player -- that detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. A shower of airplane parts falling from the sky also killed 11 Lockerbie residents.
Popocatepetl, a volcano in Mexico spews forth gases and ash after nearly a half-century of dormancy.
A suicide bomber attacks the forward operating base next to the US military airfield at Mosul, Iraq, killing 22 people; it is the deadliest suicide attack on US soldiers during the Iraq War.