Hernán Cortés entered Tenochtitlán after an invitation from Aztec ruler Moctezuma. Shortly after the welcoming festivities, conflict broke out, eventually causing Moctezuma to be stoned to death and Cortés and his company to be chased out of the city.
After the collapse of the Ming dynasty, Shunzhi Emperor was enthroned in Beijing as the first Qing emperor to rule over China.
Montana was admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray while experimenting with electricity.
The first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight occurred during the Korean War when two North Korean MiG-15s fighters were shot down by a United States F-80 Shooting Star.
Pan Am Flight 7 went missing between San Francisco and Honolulu. A wreckage and bodies were discovered about a week later.
The overseas territory of the United Kingdom the British Indian Ocean Territory is founded, consisting of Chagos Archipelago, Aldabra, Farquhar and Des Roches islands.
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke became the first African American elected to the United States Senate.
HBO launches its first programming with the broadcasting of the 1971 film Sometimes a Great Notion.
The world’s first “Internet murder” is committed when Sharee Miller convinced her online lover Jerry Cassaday to kill her husband Bruce at his junkyard near Flint, Michigan.
The United Nation Security Council Resolution 1441 is unanimously approved, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences.”
The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances (approximately 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles) from earth, the closest known approach by an asteroid of is brightness since the asteroid 2010 XC15 in 1976.
One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, struck the Visayas region of the Philippines.