Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, "What hath God wrought?"
The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.
W.T. McCullough of Boston, Mass., opened the first public garage. One could rent space for selling, storing and repairing vehicles.
Major League Baseball’s first night game was played under the lights at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the hometown Reds defeated Philadelphia, 2–1.
The United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (UPI).
The British and French Concordes made their first commercial flights.
Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.
Vermont senator James Jeffords quit the Republican Party and became an Independent, giving Democrats control of the Senate.