Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is thought to be the first appendectomy.
Utah was admitted as 45th state in the United States.
In Gonzales v. Williams, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that citizens of Puerto Rico are not aliens and can enter the U.S. freely.
Burma (Myanmar) gained independence from Great Britain.
During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
President Johnson outlined his "Great Society" in his State of the Union address.
Former wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's governor.
The U.S. Mint began distributing the 50 State Quarters.
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.