The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).
Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest.
President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.