First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state..
Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV “Unplugged” at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton’s bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time.
Shooting begins on “Dr No” the first James Bond film.
Cavern Club opens on Matthews Street in Liverpool, England, home of The Beatles’ 1st appearance.
The first edition of “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.