The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapses. Its immediate rebuilding is ordered by Justinian.
Joan of Arc breaks the English siege of Orleans.
Indian chief Pontiac begins his attack on a British fort in present-day Detroit, Michigan.
Congress divides the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part will becomes the Indiana Territory and the eastern section remains the Northwest Territory.
The Battle of the Wilderness ends with heavy losses to both sides.
The German submarine U-20 torpedoes the passenger ship Lusitiania, sinking her in 21 minutes with 1,978 people on board.
The German Condor Legion arrives in Spain to assist Fransico Franco's forces.
In the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and American navies attack each other with carrier-launched warplanes. It is the first time in the history of naval warfare where two fleets fought without seeing each other.Two crucial battles in 1942 marked the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
Germany signs an unconditional surrender, effectively ending World War II in Europe.
In Korea, Communist POWs at Koje-do riot against their American captors.
French troops surrender to the Vietminh at Dien Bien Phu.