Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland became the first person to reach the North Pole alone
Death of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States
Betty Boothroyd elected as first female Speaker of the House of Commons
West German magazine ‘Der Stern’ reported that it had acquired 60 volumes of Adolf Hitler’s diaries (later proven to be fakes).
Pravda published for the first time in St Petersburg and, after the revolution, it became the voice of the Soviet Union.
St Helena became a British crown colony
Death of Richard Trevithick, British inventor and mining engineer, built the first steam railway locomotive.
Treaty of Zaragoza specified the anti-meridian of the Treaty of Tordesillas which stated that everything west of 46° 37' was given to Spain whereas everything east of 46° 37' was given to Portugal
Death of Pope Caius, about whom little is known other than he was Pope for twelve years, four months, and seven days.