Facebook is founded. The social networking service currently has over 1 billion active users.
History of Facebook
Yugoslavia was dissolved and replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.
Serbia and Montenegro
A coalition government that included Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party came to power in Austria, triggering European Union sanctions.
Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering.
Singer Karen Carpenter died at age 32.
The album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac was released.
Benjamin Britten, British composer, died.
Patricia Hearst, granddaughter of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
The Palestine National Congress appointed Yasir Arafat head of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Palestine Liberation Organization
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) proclaims independence within the British Commonwealth. Since the 16th century, the island had been colonized by Portugal, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.
Sri Lankan independence movement
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
The United Service Organizations (USO) was formed.
United Service Organizations
The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.
Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala.
Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces.
Robert E. Lee
The Confederate States of America are established. 6 slave states met in Montgomery, Alabama to form the Confederacy, which lasted only until 1865.
Confederate States of America
German archeologist Constantin von Tischendorf discovers the Codex Sinaiticus. The “Sinai Bible”, a handwritten copy of the Greek Bible, is considered a great historical treasure.
Constantin von Tischendorf
George Washington is elected as first President of the United States. Washington took office on April 30, 1789.
United States presidential election, 1788–89
Shays's Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers, was defeated.
Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
American Revolutionary War
Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China.
Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta.