Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered tanks to storm the parliament building, crushing a hardline Communist rebellion.
Death of Graham Chapman, British comedian (Monty Python)
American televangelist Jim Bakker was charged with fraud .
British driver Richard Noble set a new land speed record of 633.468 mph (1,019 km/h) driving ‘Thrust II’ at Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
Beatles release 1st single - Love me Do
BOAC (now British Airways) launched the first regular transatlantic passenger jet service, between London and New York.
The Soviet Union put the first man-made satellite, Sputnik I, into orbit.
Foundation of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow by William Smith
The first Boys’ Brigade meeting was held in Glasgow, Scotland .
Death of Karl Baedeker, German publisher of guidebooks for tourists
Birth of Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin (also known as Michael Pupin), Serbian physicist who greatly extended the range of long-distance telephones.
1st English Translation of the Bible printed