The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
Nazi Germany withdrew from the Geneva disarmament conference and the League of Nations.
U.S. Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.
The first live telecast from a staffed U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein died in New York at age 72.