Vasco da Gama arrives in Calicut, at the end of the voyage to discover the sea route to India.
The patent for jeans, as we know them today, is registered by Jacob Levi Strauss.
American aviator Charles Lindbergh starts flying over the Atlantic Ocean.
American paleontologist and essayist Stephen Jay Gould, 60, dies in New York
Ambassador Jorge Ritto is detained for questioning under the Casa Pia case.
The dam of the Three Gorges Dam in China is considered the largest hydraulic project in the world.
Austrian motorist Niki Lauda, three-time Formula 1 world champion, dies at 70.