The United States ends its occupation of Cuba.
U.S. aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.
Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Ten days after the start of an offensive, German troops reach the coast of France, cutting the Allied approach in two.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s administration lifts nearly yearlong embargo on sale of advanced F-16 fighter planes to Israel, imposed after Israel invaded Lebanon.
Three Israeli soldiers are exchanged for 1,150 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners in a simultaneous swap.
Iraq and the United Nations sign an agreement to let the country sell oil to buy food and medicine for its suffering people.
The Turkish military announces that they have killed 1,300 Kurds in a weeklong offensive into northern Iraq.
Ethiopia and Eritrea amass thousands of troops along their border, ready to fight over a 640-square kilometer (250-square mile) triangle of disputed land.
A NATO air attack on Belgrade leaves a hospital in ruins, kills three patients and damages several ambassadors’ residences.
Taiwan inaugurates President Chen Shui-bian, marking the first time in China’s 5,000 years of history that a democratically elected opposition leader is sworn in as the leader of a Chinese state.
U.S. President George W. Bush in two speeches says his administration would not lift the 40-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba until Fidel Castro’s government makes certain democratic reforms.
Canada’s Department of Agriculture announces that a cow in Alberta had been conclusively diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.
Forty-one soldiers lost in a sudden blizzard during a march on the peaks of the Andes are likely dead, the Chilean army’s top commander announces. Commanders of the regiment later face charges including manslaughter and mistreatment of subordinates.
A bomb explodes in an elevator shaft at Palestinian intelligence headquarters in Gaza City, seriously wounding the intelligence chief, a Fatah loyalist, in what security officials call an assassination attempt.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta is sworn in as East Timor’s second president, and he vows to unite the desperately poor nation more than a year after violence brought down its first government.
Ma Ying-jeou takes office as president of Taiwan, urging rival China to open a new page of peace and prosperity in their long-strained relationship while rejecting unification with the mainland.
U.S. officials say missile test-fired by Iran is the longest range, solid propellant missile it has launched yet, raising concern about the sophistication of Tehran’s missile progam.
A masked intruder clips a padlock, smashes a window and steals a Picasso, a Matisse and three other masterpieces from a Paris museum, a $123 million haul that is one of the world’s biggest art heists.