President James Polk dispatches General Zachary Taylor and 4,000 troops to the Texas Border as war with Mexico looms.
President Lincoln names Edwin M. Stanton Secretary of War.
To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decrees German the official language of the Imperial Army.
Hitler denounces the Weimar Republic as 5,000 storm troopers demonstrate in Germany.
The United States bars Americans from serving in the Civil War in Spain.
General Leclerc's Free French forces merge with the British under Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in Libya.
The Red Army opens an offensive in South Poland, crashing 25 miles through the German lines.
Chase National and the Bank of Manhattan agree to merge resulting in the second largest U.S. bank.
U.S. reports shifting most air targets from North Vietnam to Laos.
The United States offers Pakistan a two-year aid plan to counter the Soviet threat in Afghanistan.
Air Florida Flight 90 Boeing 737 jet crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge shortly after takeoff, then plunges into the Potomac River; 78 people, including 4 motorists, are killed.
In Virginia, Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected governor of a US state, takes office.