The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.
The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.
British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.
Nobel-prize winning dissident, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile.
Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.