Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joins the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposes Charles V.
Western Union completes the first transcontinental telegraph line, putting the Pony Express out of business.
General Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to find the Union Army there starving.
The first comic strip appears in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal called the 'Yellow Kid.'
Anna Edson Taylor, 43, is the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch.
The aircraft carrier USS Princeton is sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Vidkun Quisling, Norway's wartime minister president, is executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.
The United Nations comes into existence with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations.
Yom Kippur War ends.
Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team from outside the US to win the series.
The supersonic Concorde jet made its last commercial passenger flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport, traveling at twice the speed of sound.