A U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan begins
Canberra firestorm, kills 4 and destroys 491 homes
A Canadian Pacific Railway train carrying anhydrous ammonia derails outside of Minot, North Dakota, killing one man and calling into question the maintenance of CP track and the policy of voice-tracking used by Clear Channel Communications.
Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the Bill Clinton
Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided.
In north west Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 3 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers and seriously wound one other.
In southern France near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc a network of caves are discovered that contain paintings and engravings that are 17,000 to 20,000 years old.
For the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is officially observed in all 50 United States states.
Eastern Airlines shuts down after 62 years citing financial problems.
Former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother Peggy McMartin Buckey are acquitted in a Los Angeles, California court of 52 child molestation charges.
Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting.
The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe Olympic medals to his family.
The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
Australia's worst rail disaster occurs at Granville, Sydney killing 83.
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious "legionnaire's disease."
The Jeffersons debuts on CBS.
Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life in prison.
The Beatles appear on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time.
Plans are revealed for the World Trade Center in New York City.
Willie O'Ree, the first African American National Hockey League player, make his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins.
Liberation of the Budapest ghetto by the Red Army
The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City for the first time hosts a jazz concert; the performers are Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
World War II: Soviet officials announce they have broken the Wehrmacht's siege of Leningrad.
Louis Armstrong records Jeepers Creepers.
Bentley Motors is founded.
World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens in Versailles, France.
A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite struck a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to China in a bid to increase its power in east Asia.
Eugene B. Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco harbor, marking the first time an aircraft landed on a ship
The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time.
Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England.
Dr William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the UK.
Wilhelm I of Germany becomes the first German Emperor.
Georgia joins the Confederacy.
James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the "Sandwich Islands".
Frederick I becomes King of Prussia.
Henry Morgan captures Panama.
Lima, Peru founded by Francisco Pizarro.
King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeats the Swedes at Lake Asunde.
King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV.
Louis IX, the Rich, duke of Bayern (U of Ingolstadt), dies at 61.
German king Albrecht I makes his son Rudolf king of Bohemia.