Napoleon Bonaparte of France was nationally recognized for suppressing armed counter-revolutionary rioters to protect the National Convention.
Mexico, adopting a new constitution, became a federal republic.
The Provisional Government of Belgium became independent from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, becoming recognized as its own country.
Texas A&M opened in Brazos, Texas, making it the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
After a test train was run the year before, the Orient Express made its first run from Paris to Vienna.
Gutzon Borglum began the sculpting of Mount Rushmore.
In the heat of the Space Race, Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, was launched by the USSR.
The current constitution of France was adopted.
Pope Paul VI arrived in New York City, making him the first Pope to visit the Americas.
Basutoland, a country in southern Africa, became independent from the United Kingdom and was renamed Lesotho.
The Russian parliament building in Moscow was shelled by tanks while demonstrators against president Boris Yeltsin rallied outside.
The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina.
SpaceShipOne of Mojave Aerospace Ventures became the first private craft to ever enter space.