Robert Clive, Britisher, at the age of 26 seizes Arcot in modern Tamil Nadu. He also checked the French advance in South India.
The British at Fort William Henry, New York, surrender to Louis Montcalm of France.
At the Democratic convention in Chicago, General George B. McClellan is nominated for president.
Raut Benudhar, great poet and Hindi writer, was born at Kenojhar in Orissa.
Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opens in Berlin.
Nehru report published in India; demands dominion status in British Empire.
Nehru visits the riot-affected Punjab with Liaqat Ali and Sardar Patel.
US Congress creates Department of Housing & Urban Development.
Satyajit Ray receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Rohini MSV-I, the first Indian-made two-stage sounding rocket, successfully launched from Thumba.
Javagal Srinath, cricketer (Indian right-arm pace bowler since 1991), was born in Mysore.
M. Hidayatullah, consensus choice of political parties, appointed as Vice-President of India (1979 – 1984).
G. S. Pathak, former Vice President of India, died.
A Russian cargo ship collides with cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov, killing 398.
Pranab Mukherjee rejoins the Union cabinet as Commerce Minister.
Last Russian troops leave Estonia and Latvia.
Lok Sabha creates history with its largest-ever sitting of about 22 hours for a special golden jubilee session debating issues of national importance.
Prime Minister Vajpayee announces a gift of 10,000 litres of edible oil and five tonnes of milk powder to Nambia during it’s severe drought.