In San Francisco, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.
Volkswagen (VW), the German automobile manufacturer is founded.
World War II: Belgium surrenders to Nazi Germany to end the Battle of Belgium.
Northern Ireland's power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapses following a general strike by loyalists.
U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal, and the Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display.
The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty.
In West Bengal, India, the Jnaneswari Express train derailment and subsequent collision kills 148 passengers.
Malta votes on the introduction of divorce; the proposal was approved by 53% of voters, resulting in a law allowing divorce under certain conditions being enacted later in the year.