The first legislative assembly in English North America convened in Jamestown, Va.
The U.S. city of Baltimore was founded.
The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within 15 minutes. It was one of the greatest naval losses of World War II, resulting in the deaths of nearly 900 men.
The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a professional basketball game.
620 million people were without power in India, the worst power outage in world history.