To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies.
American troops capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
Napoleon Bonaparte wins a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy.
Mormon leader Joseph Smith moves his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they experienced in Missouri.
The Bengal Army in India revolts against the British.
French emperor Napoleon III leaves Paris to join his troops preparing to battle the Austrian army in Northern Italy.
The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah.
Nazis begin burning books by "unGerman" writers such as Heinrich Mann and Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
German forces begin a blitzkrieg of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, skirting France's "impenetrable" Maginot Line.
England's House of Commons is destroyed during the worst of the London Blitz: 550 German bombers drop 100,000 incendiary bombs.