Robert Fulton patented the steamboat.
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes first saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, leading to the foundation of the shrine of Lourdes.
Japan became the fourth country to put a satellite into orbit.
The Episcopal Church Boston diocese consecrated Barbara Harris as the church's first woman bishop.
South African resistance leader, Nelson Mandela, was released from prison after more than 27 years.
Pop star Whitney Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, the night before the annual Grammy Awards.