Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York.
Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the 'Sandwich Islands' after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.
Jim Bowie arrives at the Alamo to assist its Texas defenders.
John Tyler, former president of the U.S., is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
The Isthmus Canal Commission in Washington shifts its support from Nicaragua to Panama as a favored canal site.
Aviator Eugene Ely performs his first successful take off and landing from a ship in San Francisco.
General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan. The United States takes the lead in the Far East war criminal trials.
The German Army launches its second attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest from the advancing Red Army.
The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.
Plans are disclosed for the World Trade Center in New York.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolate the cause of Legionnaire's disease.