Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king's will.
A law is passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies but it causes little stir and seems unlikely to be enforced.
Napoleon Bonaparte becomes the Emperor of France.
Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president.
The fighting at Spotsylvania in Virginia, reaches its peak at the Bloody Angle.
The Supreme Court's decision on Plessy v. Ferguson upholds the "separate but equal" policy in the United States.
The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I.
Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashes his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He is picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act.
New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II.
Two battalions of the 101st Airborne Division assault Hill 937 but cannot reach the top because of muddy conditions.