North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
A mob attacked a busload of "freedom riders" in Montgomery, Ala., setting the bus on fire.
Mavis Hutchinson, 53, became the first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day.
In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.
East Timor became the what was then the world's newest nation.