Members of the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign they will recapture Jerusalem.
Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, crushes the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent.
American settlers in New England massacre a Pequot Indian village.
Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make the first public balloon flight.
Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom's Cabin in The National Era.
U.S. Army troops in the Four creeks region of California, head back to quarters, officially ending the Tule River War. Fighting, however, will continue for a few more years.
The Republican National Convention, the first major political party convention to include blacks, commences.
Wild woman of the west Myra Maybelle Shirley marries Sam Starr even though records show she was already married to Bruce Younger.
British troops under Lord Roberts seize Pretoria from the Boers.
Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines "The Marshall Plan," a program intended to assist European nations, including former enemies, to rebuild their economies.
The Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan begins.
Sirhan Sirhan shoots Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy after Kennedy's victory in the pivotal California primary election.
Doris A. Davis becomes the first African-American woman to govern a city in a major metropolitan area when she is elected mayor of Compton, California.
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dies at age 93. Reagan was the 40th president of the United States.