Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Joseph Rainey took his seat as the first African American in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Mona Lisa was recovered in Florence after having been stolen two years earlier (August 1911) from the Louvre.
Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Clinton.
The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the presidential election recount in Florida.
Yasir Arafat closed the offices of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.