Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body.
King Philip's War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement.
Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence the term "flying saucers" was born.
The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies.
New York passes a law to allow same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island Tortoise, died at a Galapagos National Park, making the subspecies extinct.