The Roman Emperor Nerva names Trajan, an army general, as his successor.
Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI.
Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab.
Rebellious slaves in Santo Domingo launch an attack on the city of Cap.
Surrounded by Prussian troops and suffering from famine, the French army in Paris surrenders. During the siege, balloons were used to keep contact with the outside world.
The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain.
The U.S. Coast Guard is founded to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.
Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the possibility of measuring the universe.
The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law.
A fellow prison inmate slashes infamous kidnapper, Richard Loeb, to death.
French General Charles DeGaulle's Free French forces sack south Libya oasis.
The U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing mobilization of troops if China should attack Taiwan.
The Soviets down a U.S. jet over East Germany killing three.
Israeli fighter jets attack the suburbs of Cairo.