Four people died, and at least twenty were injured in a terrorist attack near the Houses of Parliament in London.
The attacker crashed the car into a fence after driving into pedestrians. He then fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. Shortly after, he was shot by an armed police officer and died at the scene.
The first God of War game was released for the PlayStation 2 to the North American market.
The super-bright comet “Hale-Bopp” reached its closest point to Earth at a distance of 1.215 AU, making it visible to the naked eye.
NASA’s Columbia Space Shuttle was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center.
This was the shuttle’s third mission, STS-3, and its first with an unpainted external fuel tank. The mission’s primary objectives were to test the shuttle’s ability to hold up to the sun’s intense heat outside of Earth’s atmosphere and further test the shuttle’s external robotic arms. STS-3 was the only shuttle mission to land at the White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico.
Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas died after falling off a tightrope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He attempted to walk 121ft (37 meters) on a wire that was stretched between two buildings in San Juan, Puerto Rico but lost his balance due to strong winds.
The Beatles released their very first album, “Please Please Me.”
Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes was granted the first patent for a laser.
America built the first rocket to reach an altitude of 50 miles (80 km).
New York became the first US court to allow blood test results to be used as evidence.
The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line became the world’s first scheduled flight.
The flight was only for the brave as the plane was made of wood.
The iconic Niagara Falls waterfall ran out of water during a drought.
All that was left was a dry cliff top.
Aston Villa’s director, William McGregor, formed the English Football League.
This was the world’s first-ever football league.
The New York Horticultural Society was founded.