Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years.
Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France.
Congress ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War.
U. S. Grant became commander of the Union armies during the Civil War.
The first telephone call ("Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.") was made by Alexander Graham Bell.
The body of Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's anti-Communist foreign minister was found. Officially a suicide, the real cause of death has never been proven.
James Earl Ray was sentenced in Memphis, Tennessee, to 99 years in prison for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968.