The USSR began withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan .
The USSR launched Sputnik 3 on a mission to study the Earth’s upper atmosphere, charged particles, cosmic rays, and the Van Allen Belts.
Britain tests 1st Nuclear weapon
Within hours of declaring its independence, Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
The animated short ‘Plane Crazy’ was released, featuring the first appearances of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
The Finnish Civil War ended .
The world’s first regular airmail service began operating between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Birth of James Mason, British stage and screen actor
Birth of Pierre Curie, French physicist, pioneer of radiation, magnetism and crystallography, joint winner of the Nobel Prize with his wife Marie
The third (and current) Royal Opera House officially opened in London .
Birth of Michael Balfe, Irish singer and composer (‘The Bohemian Girl’) .
The Seven Years War with France (Pitt's trade war) begins
Death of Giovanni Croce, Italian composer of sacred music and madrigals
Marriage of Mary Queen of Scots to James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell
Battle of Hexham