Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport, R.I., a 46,000-mile trip.
The Newbery Medal for children’s literature was first awarded.
The world's first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.
Police and gays clashed at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostering the gay rights movement.
The national do-not-call registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolled almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.