The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.
Ãlvaro Uribe becomes President of Colombia.
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of huge water ice deposits on the planet Mars.
Lauda Air Flight 004 explodes over rural Thailand, killing 223.
Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
The European Community adopts the European flag.
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.
George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center.
The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Willandra National Park is established in Australia.
The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their second Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.
Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana.
The Organisation of African Unity is formed.
The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 557 which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
World War II: Battle of Dunkirk â€“ In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk.
The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
The Democratic Republic of Georgia is established.
At Masjid-al-Salaman in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.
Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
Bram Stoker's novel Dracula goes on sale in London.
James Dunham murders six people in Campbell, California.
Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia.
Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public
Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state.
The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends, with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote.
American Civil War: Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
Montana is organized as a United States territory.
The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
Battle of Ackia: British and Chickasaw soldiers repel a French and Choctaw attack on the Chickasaw village of Ackia, near present-day Tupelo, Mississippi. The French, under Louisiana governor Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, had sought to link Louisiana with Acadia and the other northern colonies of New France.
In Dover, King Charles II of England and King Louis XIV of France sign the Secret Treaty of Dover.
Pequot War: A combined Puritan and Mohegan force under English Captain John Mason attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans.
Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for the next three years.
William of Ockham, Franciscan Minister-General Michael of Cesena, and two other Franciscan leaders secretly leave Avignon, fearing a sentence of death from Pope John XXII.