Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic.
A massive volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa blew up most of the island and resulted in tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people.
The first televised major league baseball game was televised: a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic, died.
John Paul I became Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He died one month later.
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