Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.
Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna.
Forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista.
Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union.
Writer Emile Zola is imprisoned in France for his letter J'accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus.
Secretary of State Lansing hints that the U.S. may have to abandon the policy of avoiding "entangling foreign alliances".
An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York.
President Calvin Coolidge opposes a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.
A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil.
Eisenhower opens a large offensive in the Rhineland.
U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.
New York's Metropolitan Museum exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art. The first showing of this collection in the U.S.
Black activist Angela Davis is released from jail where she was held for kidnapping , conspiracy and murder.
French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.