The largest hailstone ever recorded falls from a thunderstorm in Aurora, Nebraska, USA.
Bill Clinton releases his memoirs, entitled My Life
An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people
The Quake computer game is released.
Dr. Charles Epstein of Tiburon, California, USA is injured by a mail bomb sent by the Unabomber.
Dublin City University and University of Limerick are established in Ireland.
Argentine footballer Diego Maradona scored both the Hand of God goal and the Goal of the Century against England during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico City.
The All Jharkhand Students Union is founded, in order to fight for autonomy for tribal peoples in India.
William Schnoebelen and his wife Sharon are "saved" by a tract from Chick Publications. There is some debate over the reliability of this, however.
Charon, a satellite of the planet Pluto, is discovered.
Canadian House of Commons abolishes capital punishment.
Pope Paul VI elected by College of Cardinals.
An Air France Boeing 707 jet crashes in bad weather in Guadeloupe, West Indies killing 113
The longship replica Ormen Friske, en route from Birka to Rotterdam, broke apart in the North Sea because of improper construction. All 15 crew members drowned.
Opening day of the Soviet Union's Operation Bagration against Army Group Centre
Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, one of the most dramatic turning points of World War II.
First Croatian anti-fascist armed unit (partisans) founded near Sisak, Croatia.
The Lithuanian 1941 independence begins
France forced to sign armistice with Nazi Germany.
Camille Chautemps becomes Prime Minister of France
George V is crowned King of the United Kingdom, succeeding his father, Edward VII.
Spanish-American War: United States Marines land in Cuba.
The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rams the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sinks taking 358 crew with her, including the fleet's commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.
Battle of Custoza: an Austrian army defeats the Italian army during the Austro-Prussian War.
British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.
The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his scientific view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.