|Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty of China abdicated the throne in favour of his son Qinling.
|Conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Ciudad de los Reyes,present-day Lima, Peru, as the capital of the lands he conquered for the Spanish Crown.
|The French writer and philosopher Charl de Montescio was born.
|English explorer James Cook became the first known European to reach the Sandwich Islands, now known as the Hawaiian Islands.
|James Cook became the first European to discover the 'Hawaiian Archipelago'. He named it 'Sandwich Island'.
|Captain James Cook arrived on the Sandwich Islands.
|The armed tender HMS Supply, the first ship of the First Fleet, arrived at Botany Bay, Australia.
|Friedrich Löffer, a German biologist and researcher, was born. With the help of one of his companions, he found out the cause of the disease called diphtheria.
|Wesley College, the largest school in Australia by enrolment, was established in Melbourne.
|Wesley College was established in Melbourne.
|A number of independent German states unified into the German Empire, with Prussian King Wilhelm I being proclaimed as its first Emperor.
|Welsh physician William Price was arrested for attempting to cremate his deceased infant son; he was acquitted in the subsequent trial, which led to the legalisation of cremation in the United Kingdom.
|The Hockey Association was formed in England.
|For the first time the X ray machine was brought to the world.
|Japanese Prime Minister Okuma Shigenobu issued the Twenty-One Demands to China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia.
|World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opened in Versailles, France, to set the peace terms for the Central Powers.
|Eminent boxer Muhammad Ali was born.
|World War II: As part of Operation Iskra, the Soviet Red Army broke the Siege of Leningrad, opening a narrow land corridor to the city.
|A lie-catching machine was first used in the Netherlands.
|The famous Urdu writer and poet Sadat Hasan Manto died.
|African Canadian Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first game in the National Hockey League, breaking the colour barrier in professional ice hockey.
|Plans to build the World Trade Center in New York City were announced.
|Jeremy Thorpe became leader of Britain's Liberal Party.
|The mysterious Legionnaires' disease was found to be caused bya previously unknown bacterium now known as Legionella.
|Thirty years after his death, the International OlympicCommittee restored gold medals to American athlete Jim Thorpe, who hadhad them stripped for playing semi-professional baseball before the 1912Summer Olympics.
|In a sting operation conducted by the FBI, Mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.
|The domain of Yahoo.com was created.
|55th Golden Globe Awards celebrated in 1998.
|Nobel Laureate Prof. Amarmeya Sen was nominated for Bharat Ratna.
|Famous Hindi poet and writer Harivansh Rai Bachchan died.
|The world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, was unveiled in France.
|In the United States, the Supreme Court was stamped on willful death.
|Julie Winfred Bertrand, the world's oldest woman, died in Canada.
|George Cloone was made the peacekeeper of the United Nations.
|China begins text message surveillance by blocking customers from the country's two largest operators and or lewd messages.
|US Federal Communications Commission approved a$28 billion merger between comcast and NBC Universal.
|Joe Lieberman an independent U.S. senator announces that he will not seek re-election in 2012 from Connecticut.
|Francesco Settings captain of sunken cruise admits the navigational errors that caused by Costa Concordia to capsize
|An amateur astronomer discovers a new Neptune sized explained in Peterborough, England.
|Battle of Mogadishu for the first time US announces that it will be officially recognized as open diplomatic relation with the new government of Somalia.
|For the first time laser communication is achieved by NASA. Scientist successfully beam a picture of Leonardo Da Vinci's ‘Mona Lisa' to the lunar Reconnaissance Obiter by a spacecraft or biting the moon.
|Lewis Clarke of Bristol has a cheered a new world record in the united state and become the youngest 16 year old person to trek the North Pole.