Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte's attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.
Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.
Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.
Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.
Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.
The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.