In Seoul, 32 people are killed when the Seongsu Bridge collapses.
Gary Kasparov defeats Nigel Short for chess championship
Jaffna hospital massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 70 ethnic Tamil patients, doctors and nurses.
In Lebanon, pro-Iran kidnappers claim to have abducted American writer Edward Tracy (he is released in August 1991).
Andreas Papandreou becomes Prime Minister of Greece, ending an almost 50-year-long system of power dominated by conservative forces.
Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow
Vietnam War: More than 100,000 war protesters gather in Washington, D.C.. Similar demonstrations occur simultaneously in Japan and Western Europe.
Korean War: Heavy fighting begins between British and Australian forces from the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade and the North Korean 239th Regiment during the Battle of Yongju.
The Provisional Government of Free India is formally declared by Subhas Chandra Bose.
The Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade.
German republic chancellor Bismarck delegates end of "Socialism"
Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar: A British fleet led by Vice Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet under Admiral Villeneuve.
Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.