Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16.
The French take the French town of Thionville from the English.
Slavery is outlawed in England.
British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.
German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich announces a definitive cure for syphilis.
King George V of England is crowned.
Austro-German forces occupy Lemberg on the Eastern Front as the Russians retreat.
France and Spain agree to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.
A son is born to Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Adolf Hitler bans political parties in Germany other than the Nazis.
Joe Louis floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium.
France and Germany sign an armistice at Compiegne, on terms dictated by the Nazis.
Under the code-name Barbarossa, Germany invades the Soviet Union.
A Japanese submarine shells Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
The battle for Algiers begins as three buildings in The Casbah are blown up.
Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.
The Soviet Union announces a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon.
Nigeria's former military ruler Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and his chief deputy are charged with conspiracy to overthrow Gen. Sani Abacha's military government.