Guilio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country's empire.
A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia's national day.
Louisiana secedes from the Union.
Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb.
General "Chinese" Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa.
The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma.