The foundation stone to the Jerusalem Church in Berlin is laid.
The Battle of Berezina begins during Napoleon’s retreat from Russia.
Albert Einstein presents the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences.
Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.
Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury announces in a statement that he is HIV-positive. He dies the following day.
Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
The Natural History Museum, London announces that the “Piltdown Man” skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax.
The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations.
The worst brawl in NBA history results in several players being suspended. Several players and fans are charged with assault and battery.
Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.