The first basketball game, invented at Springfield College in Massachusetts by James E. Naismith, was played.
Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
The first crossword puzzle was printed in the New York World.
Disney's Snow White, the first feature length color and sound cartoon, premiered.
A terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.
Eleven of the former Soviet republics form the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Palestinians took over the control of the city of Bethlehem.