Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire.
Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth.
South Carolina is formally incorporated as a royal colony of England.
Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.
Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state.
The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time.
The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater.
U.S. forces invade the Dominican Republic.
Ecuador becomes independent.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws.
The German Army completes its encirclement of the Kharkov region of the Soviet Union.
C. F. Blair becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single-engine plane.
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
Boris Yeltsin is elected the president of Russia.