Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.
Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).
The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
Rajiv Gandhi, former Indian prime minister, was assassinated by a suicide bomber.
Indonesian President Suharto resigned.