- 1884 - US: Alaska becomes a US territory, purchased from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.
- 1920 - 1st flight of Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij).
- 1980 - V.S. Kumar Anandan (Sri Lanka) balanced on one foot for 33 hours.
- 1989 - University of South Africa issues BA to Nelson Mandela.
- 1993 - Intel launches new Pentium processor series.