|King James VI of Scotland acceded to the thrones of England and Ireland, becoming James I of England and uniting the kingdoms' crowns for the first time.
|The Reichsgrad of the Estates made Frederick I the King of Sweden.
|Johann Sebastian Bach presented Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwedt with six concertos, commonly referred to as the Brandenburg Concertos.
|Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto was dedicated to Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwright.
|Jerome alias Heronimus) de Salis Parliamentary Act was made according to the British.
|Philadelphia, and the first state owned by the Columbia Railway).
|Black citizens were given the right to vote in Canada.
|Long-distance messages were sent from Telegraph between Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi.
|Ronin samurai of Mito Domain assassinated the Prime Minister of Japan, Io Nosuke, who was troubled by his role in the inauguration of the Japan Toforining powers.
|The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed.
|The last of the Māori leader Titokowaru's forces surrendered to the New Zealand government, ending his rebellion.
|It was officially opened after the founding of Syracuse University.
|British ship Eurydice sunk, killing 300 people.
|German physician Robert Koch announces the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium that causes tuberculosis.
|New York and Chicago had a phone conversation for the first time.
|Irish War of Independence—In Belfast, Northern Irish police ransacked a house and killed a Catholic family two days prior to the death of two policemen.
|In the midst of the Chinese Civil War—fighting between communists and nationalists—warships from six nations bombarded Nanjing in defense of foreign nationals living there.
|After the capture of Nanjing by a coalition of Nationalist Communist forces, British and American warships bombarded the city's defenses of foreign nationals there.
|For the first time in America, radio broadcasting was done by moving train.
|The Tydings-McDuffie Act went into effect, providing for self-government of the Philippines and Filipino independence from the United States after a ten-year period.
|World War II—German occupation troops execute 335 people in Rome for a partisan attack carried out the previous day against the SS Police Regiment Bozen.
|World War II-prisoner Allied airmen begin 'The Great Escape', breaking out of Stalag Luft III, a German prison camp.
|Queen Mary, grandmother of the Queen of Britain, died while asleep.
|The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled more than 10 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, one of the world's worst man-made environmental disasters.
|The tanker Exxon Valdez spilled more than 10 million US gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, in one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters at sea.
|Ezer Weisman was elected President of Israel.
|The Song of Jacob Zulu opens at the Plymouth Theater in New York City. It ran for 53 performances.
|Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. divorces Emily Black.
|The Australian Parliament overturned the world's first and only euthanasia law.
|Whoopi Goldberg hosted the 74th Academy Awards Oscar ceremony. A Beautiful Mind won Best Picture. Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won lead acting awards.
|World Tuberculosis Day was observed all over the world to increase public awareness for tuberculosis prevention and to continue efforts to control it.
|The Australian Labor Party was re-established after the election of the state of New South Wales.
|This is the first general election in Bhutan.
|The Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party, led by Jigme Thinley, won 45 out of 47 seats in the first general election to the National Assembly of Bhutan.
|Pakistan People's Party leader Yusuf Raza Gilani was elected the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
|Kenya opens Africa Carbon Exchange. It is the first carbon exchange in Africa. It has been opened for carbon credit exchange.
|Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, is pleased that he will have the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, to resolve the border dispute between Bolivia and Chile.
|China plans to end the practice of harvesting and selling organs. This plan is about executed prisoners.
|17 soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a military post in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
|Disney has announced that it will purchase Maker Studios for $500 million with an additional payment of $450 million if it can meet certain performance goals. Disney may expand marketing outlets to media tropes that sell online video.
|The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 intentionally piloted the plane into a mass murder-suicide over the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.