King Albert is murdered by his nephew John, because he refused his share of the Habsburg lands.
The state of Virginia passes a law requiring all freed slaves to leave the state, or risk either imprisonment or deportation.
The Battle of Chancellorsville begins as Union General Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction.
The U.S. Navy under Commodore George Dewey defeats the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines.
The British luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe. A week later it would be torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
Martin Bormann, private secretary to Adolf Hitler, escapes the Führerbunker as the Red Army advances on Berlin.
Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen.
In the second day of battle, U.S. Marines, with the support of naval fire, continue their attack on a North Vietnamese Division at Dai Do.
Students from Kent State University riot in downtown Kent, Ohio, in protest of the American invasion of Cambodia.