American musician Prince changed his name to a symbol and became known as ‘The Artist formerly known as Prince’.
The first elections for the European Parliament were held
Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in London
Death of Dorothy Parker, American writer, well-known for her witty remarks
George VI became the first British monarch to visit the USA
Oswald Mosley addressed a mass rally of the British Union of Fascists at Olympia, London
The Vatican City state was established as Italy and the Vatican ratified the Lateran Treaty
Birth of Virginia Apgar, American physician, anaesthesiologist and childbirth specialist, developed the Apgar Score System to assess the health of newborn babies.
Birth of Jessica Tandy, award-winning British-born American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Driving Miss Daisy, and many other roles)
Carrie Nation destroys all the alcohol in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas; the start of her temperance crusade.
Gandhi's first act of civil disobedience (in South Africa)
Passing of the Reform Bill, the Representation of the People Act, which had a dramatic effect on grossly under represented places like Scotland.
Battle of Southwold
Treaty of Tordesillas – Spain and Portugal divide the world between them (along the great diameter 51°W and 129°E longitude). Inevitably other countries ignored this carve up.
Death of Robert the Bruce; succeeded by infant David II of Scots