British footballer David Beckham married Spice Girls singer Victoria Adams
Japan launched a space probe – ‘Nozomi’ – to Mars .
British sailor Alec Rose landed at Portsmouth, England having sailed single-handed around the world in 354 days.
The 49-star American flag made its debut, with the newly added 49th star representing Alaska, which had become a state earlier in the year
Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Krakow, Poland, by Pope Pius XII.
American mountaineers Pete Schoening and Andrew Kauffman made the first successful ascent of Gasherbrum I (K5) in the Himalayas – the 11th.
Death of Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist, twice winner of the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, first woman to win a Nobel Prize
Hungarian-born American scientist Dr Leo Szilard patented the nuclear chain-reaction
Birth of Ann Landers, American advice columnist .
Birth of Louis Armstrong, trumpeter
Birth of Gertrude Lawrence, actor
Keir Hardie became the first socialist to win a seat in the House of Commons.
Birth of Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President
London's first regular bus service commenced from Paddington to the City
First scheduled London bus service started operating
Death of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President
Birth of Giuseppi Garibaldi, Italian politician
Birth of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author
Birth of Sir George Everest who mapped Mount Everest
American Declaration of Independence
Death of William Byrd, composer