Florida became the 27th state in the United States.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation overriding a presidential veto for the first time.
Georges Bizet's opera Carmen debuted in Paris, to cool audience reception and panned by critics.
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman lawyer to be admitted to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Germany, Austria, and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
The "Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem.
Rodney King's vicious beating by Los Angeles police officers was caught on videotape.
Former dictator Augusto Pinochet returned to Chile after being detained in Britain on torture charges.
New embassies opened in Kenya and Tanzania, to replace those lost in the 1998 terrorist bombings.