Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.
Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States.
President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.
Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from Britain
Pope John Paul II died.