William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.
Austria and Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, precipitating World War I.
Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians.
The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp.