In recognition of completing the circumnavigation of the world, Francis Drake is knighted aboard the Golden Hind.
The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state.
President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office.
He served only 32 days.
Blues great Muddy Waters (née McKinley Morganfield) born in Jug's Corner, Mississippi.
Poet Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) born in St Louis, Missouri.
Film director Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker) born in Zavrazhye, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.
The CND peace symbol, designed by Gerald Holtom, is displayed in public for the first time in London.
The Beatles occupied all of the top five positions on the Billboard singles chart in the United States:
Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr assassinated in a Memphis, Tennessee motel while visiting the city in support of striking sanitation workers.
The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.
Winston Smith, the main character of George Orwell's book 1984, begins writing in his secret diary.
Arizona Governor Evan Mecham becomes the first U.S. governor to be impeached and removed from office in nearly 60 years.
The current flag of Hong Kong is adopted for post-colonial Hong Kong by the National People's Congress.