Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy.
The first long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York.
The Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
Pan American and KLM Boeing 747s collided on a runway in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The 542 people killed is the highest ever for an aviation disaster.
A federal judge ruled that the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy was invalid, a ruling that later would be reversed in an appeal.