German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents the Navigable Balloon, which will become synonymous with his name.
The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.
Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called “Pepsi-Cola“.
Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.
Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.
The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed, the first major book printed with movable type in the West and the first major book produced on a printing press anywhere in the world.
Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.
The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice. The balloons were armed with bombs controlled by timed fuses. Some of the bombs exploded as planned but the wind changed direction and blew several balloons back over the Austrian lines.