Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States.
The territory of Wyoming authorized women to vote and hold office.
The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received the Nobel Peace Prize.
A U.S. passenger jet landed in Vietnam, the first one to do so since the Vietnam War ended nearly three decades earlier.