Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her front-section bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala.
Twelve nations, including the United States, signed a treaty setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve free from military activity.
Representatives from more than 150 countries gathered at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, and over the course of ten days forged an agreement to control the emission of greenhouse gases. President Bush pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol in 2001.
Exxon and Mobil agreed to merge, creating the world's largest corporation.