A Thracian officer by the name of Leo is proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian.
The Netherlands, England and Sweden conclude an alliance directed against Louis XIV of France.
The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted.
The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City.
American pugilist John L. Sullivan becomes the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.
Negro History Week, originated by Carter G. Woodson, is observed for the first time.
Amelia Earhart weds George Putnam in Connecticut.
The Germans launch a second attack against the Allied beachead at Anzio, Italy. They hoped to push the Allies back into the sea.
The United States recognizes Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho Chi Minh who is recognized by the Soviets.
The British band The Beatles are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.
U.S. jets hit Dong Hoi guerrilla base in reprisal for the Viet Cong raids.
North Vietnamese use 11 Soviet-built light tanks to overrun the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei at the end of an 18-hour long siege.