Four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted in New York of a global conspiracy to murder Americans, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people. (All were sentenced to life in prison.).
Olusegun Obasanjo wins Nigeria's first free elections in 16 years. The former Nigerian Army general and military ruler oversaw a democratization process that defines the country's political system to the present day.
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquer Mount Everest. The first successful ascent of the world's highest mountain came after Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans had come within 100 meters of the summit just three days previously.
Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps is premiered. he performance sparked a riot in the audience as many felt its irregular beat and the percussive character was a sacrilege against music. Today, it is considered one of the key works of 20th-century art music.