Enraged by the insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West, dies of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.
A grim abolitionist meeting is held in Marlboro Chapel, Boston, after the imprisonment of a mulatto named George Latimer, one of the first fugitive slaves to be apprehended in Massachusetts.
Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign.
Vladimir Lenin's efforts to impose his own radical views on the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits the party into two factions, the Bolsheviks, who support Lenin, and the Mensheviks.
Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat American Clipper.
German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits suicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.
The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley, almost wiping them out.
The American Surveyor 6 makes a six-second flight on the moon, the first liftoff on the lunar surface.
WHHM Television in Washington, D.C., becomes the first African-American public-broadcasting television station.
Renault President Georges Besse is shot to death by leftists of the Direct Action Group in Paris.
Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29.
Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan.
US House of Representatives passes resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement.