Benito Mussolini was executed.
Thor Heyerdahl and five others began their Pacific Ocean crossing on the raft, Kon-Tiki.
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture unveiled its first “food pyramid.”
Dennis Tito became the first space tourist.
The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal first comes to light when graphic photos of U.S. soldiers physically abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners were shown on CBS's 60 Minutes II.