The Colombian Government announced that it would include income earned from growing illegal drugs in the nations GDP calculations
Former British cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken was jailed for 18 months for perjury and perverting the course of justice after he admitted lying during a libel case
The USA’s National Rifle Association elected Hollywood actor Charlton Heston as its president.
New Zealand-born sailor Naomi James completed her solo round-the world voyage, following the same route as Sir Francis Chichester in 1967.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lifted a ban on black men becoming Mormon priests.
George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published
Deaths of George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine who died whilst making the first attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. It is unclear if they reached the summit or died en-route.
The Comstock Lode was discovered in Nevada. This was the first major deposit of silver and gold ore discovered in the US.
Death of Thomas Paine, British-born American writer and political propagandist (The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason)
A volcanic eruption at Laki in Iceland created a toxic cloud across Europe killing thousands, creating climate disruption and famine.
Earthquake hits Perth
Execution of Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk for insurrection against Henry IV
Vikings Raid Northumbria Coast for 1st time