John C. Fremont, the famed "Pathfinder" of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California.
General William T. Sherman begins a march through the Carolinas.
The U.S. Senate recognizes the Anglo-German Treaty of 1899 by which the UK renounced its rights to the Samoan Islands.
One of Ernest Shackleton's polar exploration teams reaches the Magnetic South Pole.
Maxim Gorky is authorized to return to Russia after an eight year exile for political dissidence.
Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for an extension of the Social Security Act to include more women and children.
Hitler cancels an attack in the West due to bad weather and the capture of German attack plans in Belgium.
Eisenhower assumes supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.
The U.S. First and Third armies link up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge.