Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
American Civil War: John Bell Hood begins the Franklin-Nashville Campaign in an unsuccessful attempt to draw William Tecumseh Sherman back out of Georgia.
World War II: Following the initial Italian invasion, Greek troops counterattack into Italian-occupied Albania and capture Korytsa.
Lebanon gains independence from France.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald
The Beatles release The Beatles (known popularly as The White Album).
In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.
Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.
Ceasefire begins between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel after eight days of violence and 150 deaths.