Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
With the support of President Wilson, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which made it illegal for companies to buy competitors’ stock, was passed.
Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in Vincennes, France.
I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had its television debut.
It was announced that Nikita Khruschev was removed from his positions as premier and secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR.
The U.S. Department of Transportation was created.
Wayne Gretzky topped Gordie Howe’s NHL scoring record.
Clarence Thomas got a narrow (52–48) Senate confirmation of his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid in South Africa.
China became the third country to launch a staffed space mission.