NASA launched the ill-fated Mars Polar Lander (crashed on Mars)
Miners Strike Ends
Death of Conrad Hilton, American hotelier who founded Hilton Hotels
Open University starts
Alaska became the 49th state of the USA
The West Indies Federation was founded .
Death of Wilhelm Cuno, 6th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, Germany .
Birth of Victor Borge, Danish-born American comedian, entertainer and pianist, the Clown Prince of Denmark
Birth of Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister .
Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic .