Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
US Navy lieutenant Steven Decatur leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, captured earlier by Barbary pirates.
Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs.
The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
Tojo outlines Japan's war aims to the Diet, referring to "new order of coexistence" in East Asia.
Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.
The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.
The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.