Same-sex marriage became legal in Austria.
The Euro currency was introduced and adopted by 11 Member States.
The country of Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into two nations, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
A Scandinavian research collaboration created the first-ever internet domain name Nordu.net.
A B747 plane by Air India flying from Bombay, India to Dubai, UAE, crashed with no survivors.
The crash site was in the Arabian Sea near Santacruz airport, and onboard there were 190 passengers and 23 crew, all of whom lost their lives. The crash is thought to have been due to a malfunction in the cockpit which left the captain disorientated. This event was one of the deadliest air accidents in India.
America banned all advertisements of cigarettes on TV and radio.
Medical researcher Oswald Hope Robertson performed the first-ever blood transfusion using stored and refrigerated blood.
Ellis Island opened as a US immigration inspection station.
Ellis Island went on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people. Source
The dwarf planet Ceres was discovered by an Italian monk called Giuseppe Piazzi.
The Union Jack flag was flown for the first time in Dublin, Ireland, to commemorate the union between Great Britain and Ireland.
Portuguese navigators discovered Rio de Janeiro.
A monk put an end to gladiator fighting in Rome.
The monks’ name was Saint Telemachus, and in 391, he bravely attempted to halt a fight in Rome that led to him being stoned to death by spectators. Subsequently, this tragedy resulted in The Christian Emperor Honorius imposing a ban on future fights from 404 AD.
The Julian Calendar was used for the first time.
The Julian calendar was suggested by Julius Caesar and was used from 45BC before being replaced by the Gregorian Calendar back in 1582.