England's "Bloodless Revolution" reaches its climax when parliament invites William and Mary to become joint sovereigns.
President Thomas Jefferson exposes a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the Southwest.
A British force is wiped out by an Asante army under Osei Bonsu on the African Gold Coast. This is the first defeat for a colonial power.
In an attempt to out flank Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside leads his army on a march to north Fredericksburg, but foul weather bogs his army down in what will become known as the "Mud March."
Eighty-two British soldiers hold off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in South Africa.
Admiral Richard Byrd charts a vast area of Antarctica.
President Ronald Reagan formally links progress in arms control to Soviet repression in Poland.