William Claxton publishes the first dated book printed in England. It is a translation from the French of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosopers by Earl Rivers.
St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome is officially dedicated.
The first provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress is held in Richmond, Virginia.
Mark Twain's first story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is published in the New York Saturday Press.
The second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty is signed. The United States is given extensive rights by Britain for building and operating a canal through Central America.
The Norwegian Parliament elects Prince Charles of Denmark to be the next King of Norway. Prince Charles takes the name Haakon VII.
Anarchists bomb St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
Cholera breaks out in Constantinople, in the Ottoman Empire.
New York City considers varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams.
Mickey mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie, the first animated talking picture.
The main span of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is joined.
The Irish Republican Army explodes three bombs in Piccadilly Circus.
RAF bombs Berlin, using 440 aircraft and losing nine of those and 53 air crew members; damage to the German capital is light, with 131 dead.
The U.S. Air Force grounds B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days.
The Bureau of Mines discloses its first production of oil from coal in practical amounts.
Soviets recover the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon.
Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones leads his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after cult member killed Congressman Leo J. Ryan of California.
Argentina announces its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.
The Soviet Union helps deliver American wheat during the Ethiopian famine.
The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege.
Twenty-one political parties approve a new constitution for South Africa that expands voter rights and ends the rule of the country's white minority.
UN weapons inspectors under Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional; the legislature fails to act within the mandated 180 days, and on May 17, 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.