Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute jump from a balloon.
Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.
Spanish cellist, conductor, and composer Pablo Casals died in Puerto Rico, at age 96.
Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi, the deposed Shah of Iran, was allowed in the United States for medical treatment. This action led to the Iran hostage crisis.