President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a humble acknowledgment of his scant accomplishments and a robust defense of the U.S. at war.
Presidency of Jimmy Carter
Argentina swears in first female elected President. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the first elected female President of Argentina.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
A U.S. passenger jet landed in Vietnam, the first one to do so since the Vietnam War ended nearly three decades earlier.
USS Midway (CV-41)
Former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the 1970s.
Release of the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The award winning movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was directed by Peter Jackson and was based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with stealing classified information.
Wen Ho Lee
The Palestinian leadership scrapped constitutional clauses rejecting Israel's right to exist.
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rep. John W. Jenrette, D-S.C., resigned to avoid being expelled from the House following his conviction on charges related to the FBI's Abscam investigation.
Singer Otis Redding died at age 26 in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.
The Grateful Dead played their first concert, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Ralph Bunche became the first black to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
U.N. General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document proclaimed, for the first time, fundamental human rights were to be universally protected.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divoree Wallis Simpson.
Duke of Windsor
First Nobel prize awarded. Five years after the death of Swedish chemist and inventor, Alfred Nobel's, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam.
Treaty of Paris (1898)
The territory of Wyoming authorized women to vote and hold office.
Timeline of women's suffrage in the United States
Mississippi becomes 20th state. Mississippi becomes 20th state in the United States.
Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley.
De motu corporum in gyrum
Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.