Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego.
The closing campaign of the American Revolution at Yorktown Heights, Va. began.
Eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted for fixing the 1919 World Series in the "Black Sox scandal."
Two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle after completing the first round-the-world-flight in 175 days.
A German-Soviet agreement divided Poland between Nazi Germany and the USSR.
Walter Washington became the first mayor of the District of Columbia.
Japan and Communist China agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.
Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii.
Jazz great Miles Davis died.
Althea Gibson, the first African-American tennis player to win at Wimbledon, died.