Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is burned at the stake at Oxford after retracting the last of seven recantations that same day.
Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) dies of either small pox or pneumonia while in England with her husband, John Rolfe.
Lewis and Clark begin their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast.
British forces in India lift the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
The Battle of Bentonville, N.C. ends, marking the last Confederate attempt to stop Union General William Sherman.
The U.S. Senate grants ex-President Teddy Roosevelt an annual pension of $10,000.
The Germans launch the 'Michael' offensive, better remembered as the First Battle of the Somme.
President Calvin Coolidge presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, for making the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. On June 11, 1927, Lindbergh had received the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded.
Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall reports that the U.S. military has doubled to 2.9 million since the start of the Korean War.
Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refuse their orders to advance.
As North Vietnamese forces advance, Hue and other northern towns in South Vietnam are evacuated.
President Jimmy Carter announces to the U.S. Olympic Team that they will not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.