An earthquake in north-east Afghanistan killed 5,000 people
Death of Anna Anderson, claimed to be Anastasia, daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II whose family were killed by the Bolsheviks in July 1918
Ceylon – now Sri Lanka – became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
Yalta Conference between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin
Death of Archibald Sayce, English linguist, pioneer of Assyriology .
Birth of George Kennedy Bell, English Anglican bishop of Chichester .
Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest known Bible, was discovered in a monastery in Egypt. The Greek manuscript is thought to date from the 4th century
American Revolutionary War: Britain declares an end to hostilities with the USA.
Death of Conradus Celtis, German humanist scholar .
Roman emperor Septimius Severus dies at York