English novelist Daniel Defoe is made to stand in the pillory as punishment for offending the government and church with his satire The Shortest Way With Dissenters.
Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.
Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.
Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within its sphere of influence.
The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural mountains with Russia's Pacific coast, is completed.
Adolf Hitler's Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis) doubles its strength in legislative elections.
An F4 tornado in Edmonton, Alberta kills 27 and causes $330 million in damages; the day is remembered as "Black Friday."
Bridge collapse at Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth, Malaysia, kills 32 and injures more than 1,600.
NASA purposely crashes its Discovery Program's Lunar Prospector into the moon, ending the agency's mission to detect frozen water on Earth's moon.
The British Army's longest continual operation, Operation Banner (1969-2007), ends as British troops withdraw from Northern Ireland.