The first U.S. fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, is formed at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.
Former President James K. Polk confirms the discovery of gold in California, triggering the Gold Rush of 1849.
The 21st amendment is ratified, repealing the 18th amendment and ending prohibition in the U.S.
Rosa Parks begins the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama that lasted 381 days.
New York City is the first U.S. city to legislate against racial and religious discrimination in the housing market with the Fair Housing Practices Law.
The Rolling Stones release “Beggar’s Banquet,” featuring “Sympathy for the Devil.”
Paul McCartney and Wings release “Band on the Run” in the U.S.
The Seattle Seahawks football team forms, joining the NFL.
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes South Korea, killing eight people and injuring 12.
CO2 emissions increase by 2.7 percent, reaching an all-time high, as reported by the Global Carbon Project.