In the Mekong River massacre, two Chinese cargo boats are hijacked and 13 crew members murdered in the lawless Golden Triangle region of Southeast Asia.
Barry Bonds surpasses Mark McGwire's single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.
Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.
An Indonesian military transport crashes after takeoff from Jakarta killing 137.
After one hundred and fifty years The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, is published for the last time as a separate newspaper.
The Chilean opposition coalition Concertación (center-left) defeats Augusto Pinochet in his re-election attempt and a general election is called the following year.
Israeli secret nuclear weapons are revealed. The British newspaper The Sunday Times runs Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed — the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal".
Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Chicago Tylenol murders: Johnson & Johnson initiates a nationwide product recall in the United States for all products in its Tylenol brand after several bottles in Chicago are found to have been laced with cyanide, resulting in seven deaths.
Elisabeth blast furnace demolished at Bilston Steelworks marking the end of iron and steel production in the Black Country.
Guildford pub bombings: Bombs planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill four British soldiers and one civilian.
British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, triggering the October Crisis in Canada.
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.
Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland - considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles.
Near Detroit, Michigan, there is a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration nuclear breeder reactor.
The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" backed with "P.S. I Love You", is released in the United Kingdom.
Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California.
The Ashgabat earthquake kills between 10,000 and 110,000 people.
The first televised White House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
Hollywood Black Friday: A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.
Suffrage is extended to women in France.
Ninety-eight American POWs are executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.
In Nazi Germany, Jews' passports are invalidated; those who needed a passport for emigration purposes are given one marked with the letter "J" (for "Jude", or Jew).
The Jarrow March sets off for London.
British airship R101 crashes in France en route to India on its maiden voyage.
World War I: First aerial combat resulting in an intentional fatality.
The Kowloon-Canton Railway (split into MTR East Rail Line and Guangshen Railway now) commences service between Kowloon and Canton.
In a revolution in Portugal the monarchy is overthrown and a republic is declared.
Wilbur Wright pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Perce band to General Nelson A. Miles.
During construction, the Hennepin Island tunnel has a limestone cap breached and the rushing water breaks large chunks of land away and the St. Anthony Falls are nearly destroyed.
The Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada. The storm had reportedly been predicted over a year before by a British naval officer.
The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.
The City of Anaheim, California is founded.
Battle of the Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British and kill Shawnee leader Tecumseh.
French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France.
French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI of France about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.
The University of Kiel is founded.
Assassins sent by Pope Paul V attempt to kill Venetian statesman and scientist Paolo Sarpi, who survives fifteen stiletto thrusts.
Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria by order of Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria.
King Alfonso VII of León and Castile recognises Portugal as a Kingdom.
The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about patriarch Photius of Constantinople.
King Louis the Pious is crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Stephen IV at Reims.
The Visigoths under king Theodoric II, acting on orders of the Roman emperor Avitus, invade Iberia with an army of Burgundians, Franks and Goths, led by the kings Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeat the Suebi under king Rechiar on the river Urbicus near Astorga (Gallaecia).
The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon (Gregorian calendar)