Beethoven's 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna.
The American Medical Association was organized in Philadelphia, Pa.
The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France.
The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh's forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified.
Edvard Munch's painting, The Scream was recovered a few months after it had been stolen.
During action against Yugoslavia, NATO jets mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three and injuring 20.
Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president.