The first colonists to Maryland arrive at St. Clement's Island on Maryland's western shore and founded the settlement of St. Mary's.
The English Parliament abolished the slave trade.
147 people died when they were trapped by a fire that swept the Triangle Shirt Waist factory in New York City.
A mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., killed 111 men, most of them asphyxiated by gas.
The Radio Corporation of America began commercial production of color television sets.
France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg signed a treaty in Rome establishing the European Economic Community, also known as the common market.
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a deranged nephew at his palace in Riyadh.
An arson fire swept an overcrowded, illegal Bronx social club, killing 87 people in the worst mass slaying in U.S. history at the time and the deadliest New York blaze since the Triangle Shirt Waist factory disaster exactly 79 years earlier. Julio Gonzalez, 36, was charged with arson and murder.
In a further sign of the capitalist revolution, veterans of the former Soviet KGB announced plans to sell cloak-and-dagger tales to Hollywood for movies and TV.
The last U.S. soldiers left Mogadishu, Somalia, although a handful remained behind to protect U.S. diplomats and to provide support for U.N. peacekeepers.
Chinese Premier Li Peng, during a meeting in Beijing with U.S. Vice President Al Gore, denied reports that China had funneled campaign cash to the Clinton-Gore campaign.
The first known physician-assisted suicide to be legal under Oregon state law was reported by the group Compassion In Dying.
A massive earthquake devastated rural areas of Afghanistan. The quake, with a 6.1 magnitude, killed at least 600.
A U.S. Army report said less than one-third of U.S. soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety or traumatic stress after combat in Iraq received mental health treatment. Officials were looking into 23 U.S. suicides.
An estimated 500,000 people protested in Los Angeles against proposed U.S. legislation that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally.
Leaders of the European Union adopted the Berlin Declaration, a non-binding statement of common values and future goals.
About 30,000 Iraqi troops and police, with U.S. and British air support, attacked Basra Shiite militants who control the city and its lucrative ports in southern Iraq.
The Dalai Lama said he would resign as Tibetan spiritual leader if violent protests by his people against China continue.