England proclaimed the formal end to the hostilities with the United States.
Shays's Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers, was defeated.
Delegates from six southern states met at Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Benjamin Britten, British composer, died.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court declared that gays had the right to marry.