King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign a decree expelling all Jews from Spain.
""Beau" Brummell, the English dandy and former favorite of the prince regent, dies in a French lunatic asylum for paupers.
Russian Baron Stoeckl and U.S. Secretary of State Seward complete the draft of a treaty ceding Alaska to the United States. The treaty is signed the following day.
The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, passes.
In Afghanistan, Russian troops inflict a crushing defeat on Afghan forces, despite orders not to fight.
The Queensboro Bridge in New York opens. It is the first double decker bridge and links Manhattan and Queens.
Mexican bandit Pancho Villa kills 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
Britain announces a naval construction program of 38 warships. This is the largest construction program in 15 years.
The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
The Red Army advances into Austria.
President Harry S Truman denounces Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
As the North Vietnamese forces move toward Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets.
President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W. Hinckley Jr.