|Eighty Years' War: Spain won a crushing victory in the Battle of Gembloux, hastening the disintegration of the unity of the rebel provinces and bringing an end to the Union of Brussels.
|The London Lock Hospital, the first clinic specialising in the treatment of venereal diseases, opened.
|The Bangalore Disease Clinic opened for the first time at London Lock Hospital.
|John Marshall became the fourth Chief Justice of the UnitedStates; his court opinions would help lay the basis for American Constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a coequal branches of government.
|John Marshall was appointed as the Chief Justice of the United States.
|Gervacio Antonio de Posadas was elected the chief director of Argentina.
|After having come to blows over the construction of a bridge,the citizens of two neighboring towns united to form the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
|The largest mass movement started in China under the name Tae Pingha. Tae Pingha is a Chinese word which means public determination.
|American astronomer Alvan Graham Clark first observed the faint white dwarf companion of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
|The Kajekoslav Trade Union Association was established in Prague.
|Datu Muhammad Salleh, leader of a series of major disturbances in North Borneo, was shot dead in Tambunan, but his followers did not give up for five more years.
|During World War I, Germany used poisonous gas against Russia.
|Intense rioting over labour conditions broke out in Glasgow, Scotland, and was only called when the British government sent tanks to restore order.
|Second World War: Allied forces retreated from British Malaya to Singapore, ceding control of the country to Japan.
|Yugoslavia disintegrated into six countries based on the model of the then Soviet Union (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia).
|United States last narrow gauge passenger train "San Juan Express" service terminated.
|130 passengers and sailors were killed in a ferry accident in the Irish Sea. The British ferry Princess Victoria was heading to Northern Ireland when the accident occurred.
|Explorer 1 the United States' first satellite, waslaunched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and became the first spacecraftto detect the Van Allen radiation belt.
|The first American satellite Explorer I was placed into Earth's orbit.
|Aboard NASA's Mercury-Redstone 2, Ham the Chimp became the first hominid launched into outer space.
|The Vietnam Veterans Against the War opened the Winter SoldierInvestigation, a three-day media event to publicize war crimes and otheratrocities by American forces and their allies during the Vietnam War.
|Telephone service was re-established after a gap of 19 years between East and West Berlin.
|Birendra Bir Bikram Shah became the 12th king of Nepal.
|In the United Kingdom, access was made compulsory for seatbelt drivers and front seat passengers.
|Ohrbach's department store closed in New York City after 64 years of operation.
|The world's largest Macdonald store opened in Moscow, the capital of Russia.
|The shortest NBA player Nugget's Michael Adams got triple double.
|In the 81st Australian Men's tennis Jim Courier beats S Edberg by (62 61 26 75) runs and it was a lucky day for Jim.
|The grand theatre “Gran Tearlo de Lico” burned down due to some technical problems.
|One of the famous player Dow Jones hit a record of 3,978.36.
|Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake discovered Comet Hyakutake, which was one of the closest cometary approaches of the previous 200 years.
|A suicide attack in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo killed 91 people and injured more than 1,400.
|Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed in the Pacific Ocean, California, killing 88 people.
|Scottish judges sitting in court in the Netherlands convicted Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of 270 counts of murder in thebombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
|Famous playback singer and actress Suraiya Jamal Sheikh died.
|Suspects were arrested in Birmingham, UK, accused of plotting to kidnap, and eventually behead, a Muslim British soldier serving in Iraq.
|Avatar became the first film to earn over $2 billion worldwide.
|A new record took place Burma opened its new parliament. The news spread all over the world.
|The people of Egypt vow to continue demonstrating until President Mubarak regime falls.
|China government tightens its control of monasteries following deadly protests in Tibet.
|A court granted Iceland's Blaer Bjarkardottir the right to use their own name, after previously ruling Blaer was only a man's name.
|NASA revealed a lunar mining robot i.e., the Regolith Advanced Surface System Robot which could be used to produce fuel and water directly on the moon.
|About 300 people were injured in a train accident in Pretoria in South Africa.
|Sylvester I, during whose pontificate the great churches of Rome Were built, began his reign as pope.