The armies of two kings, Henry VI and Edward IV, collide at Towton.
U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott take possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse a major attack by Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand.
Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner.
President Harry Truman removes himself from the presidential race.
Cuba opens the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
Leonid Brezhenev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. He denounces the American policy in Vietnam and calls it one of aggression.
Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is found guilty for his actions in the My Lai massacre.
Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.