Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands.
Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began.
The New York Yankees acquired Babe Ruth and so began the "curse of the Bambino" that haunted the Boston Red Sox until 2004.
Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time.
Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole overland.
Alaska became the 49th state in the United States.
Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces.