At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the "vow of the pheasant," by which he swears to fight the Turks.
Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor.
Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718.
The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.
The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.
Apache chief Geronimo dies of pneumonia at age 80, while still in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
The first issue of Harold Ross' magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.
Gen. MacArthur's troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.
Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.
Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.
Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.