Montezuma II is murdered as Spanish conquistadors flee the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan during the night.
Charles Dickens reads from A Christmas Carol at St. Martin's Hall in London--his first public reading.
Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
A mysterious explosion, possibly the result of a meteorite, levels thousands of trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia with a force approaching twenty megatons.
Adolf Hitler orders the purge of his own party in the "Night of the Long Knives."
John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley demonstrate their invention, the transistor, for the first time.