Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
The first all-color, full-length talking picture, On With the Show!, debuted.
The Dionne quintuplets were born in Ontario, Canada.
Baseball owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively. Many New Yorkers still haven’t recovered. See other baseball city and nickname changes.
Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
Linda Finch completed Amelia Earhart's attempted around-the-world flight.
Pakistan staged nuclear tests in response to India's nuclear tests two weeks earlier.
Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.