The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.
Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.
The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.
Romania's King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.
Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.