England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
Protestant William of Orange defeated Roman Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale.
Kiribati, formerly the Gilbert Islands, gained its independence from the United Kingdom.
Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale became the first major-party candidate to choose a woman as a running mate when he announced his choice of Geraldine Ferraro.