The Stamp Act was enacted on the American colonies by Britain.
U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with dishonored former Chesapeake captain James Barron.
The first Stanley Cup championship game was played. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (which won the cup unchallenged the previous year) triumphed over the Ottawa Capitals.
Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to be ratified by the states. The amendment would fail to get the required 38 states to ratify it.
Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth in the skies over the northern hemisphere. The comet’s next pass is predicted for the year 4397.
Amadou Toumani Touré, The President of Mali, was ousted in a coup d'état.